Civil and Legal Rights and Responsibilities

Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act - Disability

A disability is a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of an individual's major life activities.

Major life activities include, but are not limited to, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, working, sitting, standing, lifting or reaching.

An employee shall be considered disabled when the employee suffers from a disability, has a record of disability or is regarded as having a disability.

Whether an individual is substantially limited in a major life activity will be determined on a case by case basis.

The board will, upon request by an otherwise qualified individual with a disability, make a reasonable effort to determine if an appropriate reasonable accommodation can be made and implement such accommodation, if it does not impose an undue hardship.

Disability (continued) P4123

An employee may become disabled during his/her course of employment with the board. When an employee becomes disabled so as to prevent him from performing the essential functions of his job, without reasonable accommodation, the board will, upon request, make reasonable accommodations which do not pose an undue hardship. The board may require the disabled employee to undergo a physical examination by a physician recommended by the board, at the board's expense, to assist the board in making reasonable accommodation under the law.


Legal: The Americans With Disabilities Act, 42
U.S.C. Section 12101, et seq. (Supp. 1991)

Policy adopted: May 25, 1993

Revised: October 10, 1995

Revised: December 8, 1998

Revised: July 24, 2001


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