What does "regarded as" having a disability mean?

“Regarded as” means that the person either:

  • Has an impairment that does not substantially limit a major life activity;
  • Has an impairment that substantially limits a major life activity only as a result of the attitudes of others toward them; or
  • Does not have any impairment, but is treated by an entity as having an impairment.

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FAQ: Can you give me an example of someone who is “regarded as” having a disability? 

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