New Amendments to the Americans With Disabilities Act

Source: Susan Solomon, HR News, Vol. 75 no. 8, August 2009
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Beginning this year, people with disabilities have more protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act, or the ADAAA, in order to expand the ADA to include people with less severe impairments. The changes went into effect in January 2009. According to Congress, 18 years after the original ADA was passed, many individuals with physical and mental impairments whom Congress intended to protect were not covered under the ADA due to a series of Supreme Court decisions that had interpreted the definition of “disability” too narrowly. The purpose of the ADAAA is to
provide “a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination” by “reinstating a broad scope of protection to be available under the ADA.” This article highlights the most significant changes the ADAAA makes to the ADA.
See also:
ADA Amendments Act of 2008: Reinstating a Broad Scope of Protection
Source: Local Government Law News, Vol. 11 no. 1, Winter 2009

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