Definitions

  • An individual with a disability is a person with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; has a record of such impairment; or is regarded as having such impairment.
  • A qualified individual with a disability is defined as one who possesses the requisite skills, education, experience and training for a position, and who can, with or without reasonable accommodation, perform the essential functions of the position the individual desires or holds.
  • A substantial limitation is defined as an impairment that prevents the performance of a major life activity that the average person in the general population can perform; or a significant restriction as to the condition, manner or duration under which an individual can perform a particular major life activity as compared to the average person in the general population.
  • A reasonable accommodation is defined as a modification or adjustment to the job application process or the work environment that enables a qualified person with a disability to be considered for a position, perform the essential functions of a position, or enjoy the same benefits and privileges of employment as are enjoyed by similarly situated employees without disabilities.
  • Undue hardship is defined as "excessively costly, extensive, substantial or disruptive or that would fundamentally alter the nature or operation of the business." In considering undue hardship, factors to be considered include nature and cost of accommodation, financial resources and impact of accommodation on the organization.