The Americans with Disabilities Act and The Amendments Act of 2008
On September 25, 2008, the President signed the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). The ADAAA emphasizes that the definition of disability should be construed in favor of broad coverage of individuals to the maximum extent permitted by the terms of the ADA and generally shall not require extensive analysis.
The ADAAA makes important changes to the definition of the term “disability” by rejecting the holdings in several Supreme Court decisions and portions of EEOC’s ADA regulations. The effect of these changes is to make it easier for an individual seeking protection under the ADA to establish that he or she has a disability within the meaning of the ADA.
Did you know that if you have a disability that you can have an advocate with you in court? Here at SLAC we have an ADA/ADAAA Advocacy program that helps those with disabilities (visible or invisible) and can help you with the necessary paperwork with the court. You can use one of our advocates or, if you prefer, you can have someone you know be your advocate. Either way we can help you to understand the process and your rights under the ADA/ADAAA.
If interested contact our office for more information.