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Disability Issues in Sports

Learn about how the Americans with Disabilities Act applies in sports and how athletes with disabilities may be given reasonable accommodations.


I. Americans with Disabilities Act

The ADA defines a disability as an individual with “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual.” A major life activity, as defined in the act, includes daily functions such as a person’s ability to care for himself, breathe, walk, hear, or work. The ADA’s definition of disability also includes any person who has a record of such an impairment as well as a person who may not have a disability...