Chapter 2: Individuals With Disabilities
III-2.5000 Record of a physical or mental impairment that substantially
limited a major life activity.
The ADA protects not only those individuals with disabilities who actually
have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major
life activity, but also those with a record of such an impairment. This
protected group includes --
- A person who has a history of an impairment that substantially
limited a major life activity but who has recovered from the impairment.
Examples of individuals who have a history of an impairment are persons
who have histories of mental or emotional illness, drug addiction,
alcoholism, heart disease, or cancer.
- Persons who have been misclassified as having an impairment.
Examples include persons who have been erroneously diagnosed as mentally
retarded or mentally ill.