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Evaluating What Makes A Medical Condition An ADA-Qualifying Disability

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There is no list spelling out exactly which medical conditions are qualifying disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Most medical conditions that you may automatically consider a covered disability are not, in fact, "automatic."  Each situation must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.


The determination of whether an individual has a disability is not necessarily based on the name or diagnosis of the impairment, but rather on the effect of that impairment on the life of the individual.  The same types of impairments often vary in severity and often restrict different people to different degrees or in different ways.  Some impairments may be disabling for particular individuals but not for others, depending on the stage of the disease or disorder, the presence of other impairments that combine to make the impairment disabling, or any number of other factors.


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