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Definition of a Disability

Ohio University recognizes the spirit and the letter of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Therefore, in compliance with this federal law, no qualified individual with a disability shall be discriminated against or excluded from: consideration for employment; participation in or the benefits of the services, programs or activities of Ohio University. 

An individual with a disability is defined as an individual who: 
  • has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one (1) or more major life activities;
  • has a record of such impairment; 
  • is regarded as having such an impairment.

Examples of individuals who are covered under this definition include:
  • individuals with permanent vision or hearing loss;
  • individuals with mobility impairments; 
  • individuals with mental or psychological disorders including intellectual disability; 
  • individuals with cosmetic disfigurements; 
  • individuals with serious contagious and non-contagious diseases such as AIDS, cancer, or epilepsy.

Generally, individuals who have temporary limitations are not considered to have a disability under the ADA.