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Examples of Impairments Covered Under ADA

Reference Number: MTAS-1056
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: February 21, 2017
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Please note that the ADA statute and regulations do not have a list of covered conditions. These are simply some examples of conditions that may be covered under ADA, provided the individual meets the additional criteria. With courts ruling more frequently on ADA, it is important to consider the impact of recent court decisions and interpretations under ADA.

Individuals should always be assessed on a case-by-case basis. There is no one size fits all approach to determining what conditions are covered. Most importantly, to qualify under ADA the individual must have an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Some examples of impairments covered under ADA may be: HIV, AIDS, brain tumors, severe accident trauma, migraines, certain mental health disorders, psychological disorders, specific learning disabilities, mental retardation, organic brain syndrome, epilepsy, diabetes, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), multiple sclerosis, cancer, hypertension, asthma, and heart disease.