Correctable Impairments May Be Disabilities

The ADAAA mandates that the positive effects of mitigating measures (except for ordinary eyeglasses and contact lenses) should not be taken into consideration when determining whether an impairment is substantially limiting. The California disability regulations also mandate that mitigating measures or reasonable accommodation should not be taken into account in determining if the impairment is limiting for the purposes of state disability protections. Mitigating measures eliminate or reduce the symptoms or impact of an impairment.1 For example, medication can correct high blood pressure, but the corrective effects should not be considered when determining if there is a substantial limitation.

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