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ADA Amendment – Let’s get is signed into law!

I wrote a couple of days ago on about the fact the both parts of Congress had finally passed the ADA amendment bill, but it still hasn’t been signed into law!  Here is a sight where you can add your voice to those working to get this bill implemented as soon as possible. (http://civilrightscoalition.org/campaign/president_bush_sign_ada)

For those of you late to this subject here is a good webpage with a fairly extensive summary of the whole process this time around. (http://www.aapd-dc.org/News/adainthe/indexada_restore.php)

Also you can see my previous posts on this subject by clicking the ADA category over on the right. I even have one that links to several sights that provide direction for compliance on this difficult subject.

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September 19, 2008 at 6:32 am Leave a comment

ADA Amendments Act of 2008 passes the Senate! – Update

Back on June 25th of 2008 the House or Representatives passed the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. Finally after months of further wrangling in the Senate it has finally passed that body and is going on to the President’s desk for signature some time soon.

I wrote about it then (https://askthefm.wordpress.com/2008/06/28/the-ada-amendment-act-passes-hr-3195/) and at that time I had hoped it would pass in a few days as it had support from seemingly all sides even the US Chamber of Commerce which has traditionally opposed such modifications or additions.

They finally passed it on Sept. 11, 2008 and here is a write up on it from Civilrights.org: http://www.civilrights.org/library/features/024-senate-adaaa.html.  We really need to get the President to sign this as soon as possible so that the limbo surrounding the various interpretations of the original law are corrected as soon as possible!

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September 14, 2008 at 8:08 pm Leave a comment

The ADA amendment act passes! – H.R. 3195

A historic coalition of disability advocates, businesses and supporting organizations has succeeded in negotiating a compromise to restore the original protections and intents of the American with Disabilities Act!

Organizations from the US Chamber of Commerce ( http://www.uschamber.com/issues/letters/2008/080624_ada.htm) to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness: http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=June9&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=63384) worked together to get this passed.

A basic summary from the NAMI site:

“The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 reaffirms civil rights protections dismantled by a series of Supreme Court decisions that narrowly interpreted the definition of disability, leaving people with epilepsy, diabetes, cancer and mental illness without the protections Congress envisioned when the ADA was originally enacted in 1990.

Business, human resource, disability and civil rights organizations have recognized that the courts went too far in some decisions, leaving out many people with disabilities Congress intended to protect. In a 2007 case, a Court even held that an individual with severe intellectual disabilities (“mental retardation”) was not covered by the ADA because he had failed to adequately demonstrate his impairment substantially limited a major life activity. The alliance of employer and disability advocacy organizations negotiated the compromise to clarify elements of the ADA Amendments Act, a bill first introduced in July of 2007.

The new compromise bill clarifies for the courts that people with disabilities should not lose civil rights protections because their condition is treatable with medication or can be addressed with the help of assistive technology. The bill also clarifies the definition of disability to include all individuals whose impairment substantially limits a major life activity.”

This is major step forward and I salute all of you who worked hard to make this possible!

For those of you tasked with ensuring compliance under the ADA rules, take heart this would seem to make things simpler as the sometimes hair splitting decisions about whether someone qualifies under the act becomes very easy. Also new guidance will be issued by the US Department of Justice.  You can check for updates and general ADA news at: http://www.ada.gov/adahom1.htm

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June 28, 2008 at 8:13 am 4 comments

ADA Links

With new guidance from the USDOJ on reasonable accommodation under Americans with Disabilities Act and how it relates to Fair Housing law recently posted I felt that this would be a good time to out out some helpful links to content to help us all through this often bewildering subject;

New DOJ Guidance: http://www.ada.gov/

or http://www.usdoj.gov/fairhousing

The New Freedom Initiative’s Site: http://www.disabilityinfo.gov/digov-public/public/DisplayPage.do?parentFolderId=219

The office of the California State Architect: http://www.dsa.dgs.ca.gov/Access/

Here you can find the current Title 24 code for the implementation of these laws and conditions that are specific to the State of California.

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April 22, 2008 at 4:00 am 1 comment


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