33 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 321 (2001-2002)
Snakes and Ladders: Expanding the Definition of Major Life Activity in the Americans with Disabilities Act

handle is hein.journals/text33 and id is 335 raw text is: SNAKES AND LADDERS: EXPANDING THE
DEFINITION OF MAJOR LIFE ACTIVITY IN THE
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
by Curtis D. Edmonds*
1.  INTRODUCTION .........................................  322
II. BRAGDON V. ABBOT AND THE MAJOR LIFE ACTIVITY OF
REPRODUCTION  .......................................  328
A. Reproduction Cases Before Bragdon v. Abbott ........... 329
1.  Infertility  Cases  ...............................  329
2.  AIDS/HIV Cases ...............................  333
B. Bragdon v. Abbott: In Search of Significance ........... 336
III. JUDICIAL RESPONSES TO EFFORTS TO EXPAND THE LIST OF MAJOR
LIFE  A CTIVITIES  .......................................  340
A.  Physical Activities  .................................  340
1.  Eating  .......................................  340
2.  Sleeping   .. ..................................  341
3.  Controlling Bodily  Waste ......................... 342
4.  Running, Exercise, and Sports .................... 344
5.  Physical Agility  ...............................  348
6.  Sexual Relations  ..... ..........................  351
B.  M ental Activities  ..................................  352
1.  Concentration and Thinking  .....................  352
2.  Awareness  ...................................  354
3.  M em ory  .....................................  355
C.  Interpersonal Activities  .............................  355
D.  Educational Activities  ..............................  358
1.  Education and Test- Taking  ......................  358
2.  Reading  ......................................  359
E.  Transportation Activities  ............................  360
F.  Miscellaneous Activities  ............................  363
IV. DEFINING INDETERMINATE MAJOR LIFE ACTIVITIES .......... 364
A.  Caringfor Oneself  .................................  364
B.  Performing Manual Tasks  ...........................  367
V. DEVELOPING COMMON-SENSE PRINCIPLES FOR IDENTIFYING
MAJOR  LIFE ACTIVITIES  ................................  369
V I.  CONCLUSION  .........................................  374
* J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 1994. Member of the State Bar of Texas. The author
would like to thank Professor Brian Shannon of Texas Tech University School of Law, David Fram of the
National Employment Law Institute, and Brian East of Advocacy, Inc. in Austin for their contributions to
this article.

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