It means that an employer would have a very hard time arguing that crohns, IBS, or UC is not a disability. Here are some key points but the first link above explains it best:
- an impairment that is episodic or in remission is a disability if it would substantially limit a major life activity when active.
- The Act also clarifies that “major life activities” include major bodily functions including, but not limited to, functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestion, bowel and bladder functions
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.