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Center for Health Policy Releases Review of the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act

April 28, 2009 

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990, was originally intended to be a civil rights law guaranteeing people with disabilities access to government services and facilities, public gathering places, telecommunication, and employment. It was the most comprehensive law on disability rights ever passed. It created physical guidelines for new building construction, set standards for hiring practices, and mandated that people with disabilities be included with their nondisabled peers wherever possible.

As with all laws, once it was passed by Congress and signed by the President, the court system was left to iron out the ADA’s implementation and establish its Constitutional validity. In the 18 years since its inception, court rulings have largely chipped away at the potency of the ADA, creating a need for the Americans
with Disabilities Amendment Act (ADAA). This brief will outline the original ADA, discuss some of the important court decisions interpreting it, and then discuss the anticipated impact of the ADAA on both individuals and businesses.

To read the full brief please click here.