What is a Disability? The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines an individual with a disability as someone who:
Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (such as walking, seeing, hearing, learning, and working);
Has a history of such an impairment or;
Is regarded as having such impairment.
Remember that not all disabilities are visible or readily apparent. Physical or mental conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, low vision, and learning disabilities like dyslexia, can also present significant barriers to employment.