Sample Letter From Health Care Provider Template Page 2


The federal Fair Housing Act defines disability as “(1) a physical or mental
impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person’s major life
activities, (2) a record of having such an impairment, or (3) being regarded as
having such an impairment.” 42 U.S.C. § 3062(h).
The Maine Human Rights Act defines disability as “A physical or mental
impairment that: (1) Substantially limits one or more of a person's major life
activities; (2) Significantly impairs physical or mental health; or (3) Requires
special education, vocational rehabilitation or related services;” and people with a
record of such condition or who are regarded as likely to develop any such
condition.” This definition includes, “without regard to severity unless otherwise
indicated: absent, artificial or replacement limbs, hands, feet or vital organs;
alcoholism; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; bipolar disorder; blindness or abnormal
vision loss; cancer; cerebral palsy; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; Crohn's
disease; cystic fibrosis; deafness or abnormal hearing loss; diabetes; substantial
disfigurement; epilepsy; heart disease; HIV or AIDS; kidney or renal diseases;
lupus; major depressive disorder; mastectomy; intellectual disability; multiple
sclerosis; muscular dystrophy; paralysis; Parkinson's disease; pervasive
developmental disorders; rheumatoid arthritis; schizophrenia; and acquired brain
injury.” 5 M.R.S.A. § 4553-A(1). A condition “significantly impairs physical or
mental health” when it has “an actual or expected duration of more than 6 months
and impair[s] health to a significant extent as compared to what is ordinarily
experienced in the general population.” 5 M.R.S.A. § 4553-A(1)(B).
The Maine Human Rights Act defines a service animal for the purposes of housing
as “An animal that has been determined necessary to mitigate the effects of a
physical or mental disability by a physician, psychologist, physician's assistant,
nurse practitioner or licensed social worker; or . .. An animal individually trained
to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a physical or
mental disability, including, but not limited to, guiding individuals with impaired
vision, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to intruders or sounds,
providing reasonable protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair or retrieving
dropped items.” 5 M.R.S.A. § 4553(9-E)


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