A term contained in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 relating
to the severity of disability necessary to qualify for protection under the
act. For an individual to be considered disabled for the purposes of the act,
a major life activity must be substantially limited. Activities considered to
be major include but are not limited to caring for oneself, performing manual
tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.
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