A qualified disabled person is defined under federal law as any individual with a physical or mental disability who is able to perform job tasks and duties either with or without realistic workplace modifications and adaptations. This class of workers is protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504. The federal law is designed to prevent discrimination against persons who may have more than minor limitations due to a documented, long-term or permanent impairment. These individuals would need to possess or be capable of the skills, training, experience, or ability to learn responsibilities related to positions of employment.
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