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ADA Amendments Act of 2008
« on: December 08, 2008, 12:42:44 PM »
ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (formerly the ADA Restoration Act)

Much  happened during the last few weeks of September concerning the ADA Amendments Act. On September 17, 2008, thanks to a tremendous grassroots advocacy effort, Congress passed the ADA Amendments Act, which was then signed by the President on September 25, 2008.

Originally introduced in 2007, the Act faced fierce, misguided opposition from a number of associations. After a concerted effort of advocates and legislators to correct mischaracterizations of the bill, the act gained tremendous bipartisan support.

The ADA Amendments Act clarifies Congress' original intent and restates language of the 1990 American’s With Disabilities Act (ADA) to better protect the rights of people with disabilities. Over the years, the courts have whittled away at the ADA's intended, broad protections, continuously ruling against people with disabilities. There was particular bias when looking at employment discrimination cases. Courts had ruled in favor of employers 97% of the time, often before the person had a chance to show that the employer treated them unfairly, stating that the individual was not disabled enough to be covered by the Act.

With passage of the Amendments Act a greater number of individuals with disabilities will have access to the accommodations they need to pursue employment and life as an equal member of society. For more on the act, visit Securing the Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act online: www.adabill.com.

Senator Barak Obama, who is a cosponsor of this legislation, released the following statement after passage of the act.

"With nearly fifty-four million Americans living with disabilities, it must be a priority for our government to do everything it can to protect and respect the needs of these Americans. I am proud the Senate passed this Act today to reverse judicial decisions that permit discrimination against persons with disabilities. Eighteen years ago, enacting the Americans with Disabilities Act was a historic milestone for millions of Americans when it was signed into law. It gave Americans with disabilities better access, more opportunities, and increased independence. While we still have much more to do, today's passage is an important affirmation of our commitment to disabled Americans. I commend Senator Harkin, a true leader on this issue, for working to pass this legislation."
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