The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) defines a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of an individual.â€ Examples of these activities include talking, sitting, standing and walking.
When an employer acknowledges the employee’s impairment, or when a record is made of the impairment, the disability is then recognized in the workplace. There are a number of policies in place that protect disabled workers and allow for reasonable accommodations. An example of such an accommodation would be a wheelchair-bound worker who needs an individualized desk and access to a wheelchair accessible bathroom.
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