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12.5 ADA—Manual Task as Major Life Activity

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12.5 ADA—MANUAL TASK AS MAJOR LIFE ACTIVITY

When the major life activity under consideration is the ability to perform manual tasks, the impairment of that ability must, either permanently or over a lengthy period, prevent or substantially restrict the plaintiff from doing activities that are of central importance to most people’s daily lives either as independent tasks or when viewed together.

Comment

The Supreme Court has established that a claim arising from limitations on performing manual tasks requires that the plaintiff be unable to perform activities that are central to most people’s lives. See Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc v. Williams, 534 U.S. 184 (2002); see also Thornton v. McClatchy Newspapers, 292 F.3d 1045 (9th Cir.2002) (continuous keyboarding not activity central to most people’s daily lives).