For the purpose of this subchapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   "COMMISSION."  The Commission on Disabilities of the town.
   "DISABILITY."  Any condition or characteristic that renders a person a "PERSON WITH DISABILITIES" as defined below.
   "PERSON WITH DISABILITIES."  Any person who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment.  As used herein:
      (a)   Physical or mental impairment means any physiological disorder or condition, cosmetic disfigurement, or anatomical loss affecting one or more of the following body systems: neurological; musculoskeletal; special sense organs; respiratory; including speech organs; cardiovascular; reproductive; digestive; genitourinary; hemic and lymphatic; skin; and endocrine; or any mental or psychological disorder, such as mental retardation, organic brain syndrome, emotional or mental illness, and specific learning disabilities.  This term includes, but is not limited to, however, such diseases and conditions as orthopedic, visual, speech, and hearing impairments, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, mental retardation, emotional illness, drug addiction and alcoholism.
      (b)   Major life activities means functions such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.
      (c)   Has a record of such an impairment means has a history of, or has been misclassified as having a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
      (d)   Is regarded as having an impairment means has a physical or mental impairment that does not substantially limit major life activities, but that is treated by the commission as constituting such a limitation; or has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits major life activities only as a result of the attitudes of others toward such impairment.
(Ord. 323, passed 9-8-92)