Is ADHD a Disability?


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As of 2014, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is not classified as a learning disability, according to the Learning Disabilities Association of America. However, people with ADHD are protected under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and other federal legislation.

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The American with Disabilities Act of 1990 also includes ADHD for protecting workers from discrimination due to a disability, according to ADDitude. Certain criteria must be met to qualify for protection under the law, which primarily defines ADHD as a disability if it significantly interferes with major life functions. Under the ADA, an employer may be liable to provide reasonable accommodations for people with ADHD and cannot discriminate against them in terms of pay or workplace treatment relating to the condition.

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