Individuals with disabilities have diverse needs and questions in areas such as employment; using state/local government programs whether voting, obtaining a marriage licensing, birth and death certificates; visiting local community business such as stores, theaters, and medical facilities. Feel free to look through the topic specific FAQs to find answers to your questions. Please call us at 1-800-949-4232 if you cannot find the answer to your question.
Individuals often call us saying, "I have diabetes, am I a person with a disability?" We answer, "It's complicated and it depends". Under the new ADA Amendments Act, a person with diabetes is considered a person with a disability because diabetes is a function of the endocrine system. Bodily functions, such as the endocrine system are now considered 'major life activities' such as: learning ,working and breathing.
Definition of Disability under the ADA:
- A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.
- A record or history of having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.
- A person is 'regarded as' having a disability.
A person must meet only one of the three above to be considered a person with a disability under the ADA.
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Below are sample ADA questions from individuals and advocates.