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A handicapped individual is described as a person who (a) has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person's major life activities, (b) has a record of such impairment, or (c) is regarded as having such an impairment. Because Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder involving excessive daily sleepiness, cataplexy, hallucinations, sleep paralysis and disrupted nighttime sleep - conditions that affect an employee's ability to perform on the job - it should qualify as a physical handicap under the law. Without reasonable accommodations, a Narcoleptic may have great difficulty meeting job performance objectives.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|