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Does the ADA Title I cover short-term disabilities?

When a person has a condition that is considered minor and temporary, such as when they have the flu, the ADA does not count this as a disability. Short-term illness and other impairments may qualify if they are severe. An example might be a person who has undergone hip replacement. They may still be able to meet their job functions but may need an accommodation of light lifting for up to 6 to 8 weeks. The employer would need to consider accommodation requests where it is not an undue burden and would allow the individual to keep working.

If you have more questions about this or if you need to know more about something else under the ADA, please contact the Northeast ADA Center at 1.800.949.4232, by email at northeastada@cornell.edu or by submitting a question through our website.

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