FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 18, 2008
Eric Wohlschlegel (
Maggie Kao (LCCR) 202-466-2735
Samantha Anderson (SHRM) 773-456-1456
Kimberli Meadows (EFA) 301-918-3747
Employers and Disability Advocates Push for Amendments to Landmark Americans with Disabilities Act
Employer & Disability Alliance forms to Clarify & Secure Promise of the ADA
“Narrow court interpretations have removed
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“I’m thrilled to be able to speak up in support of this essential restoration of civil rights law that will ensure that Americans with disabilities, like myself, will continue to enjoy protections and are included throughout society,” said Ne’eman who is the founding president of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network.
The ADA Amendments Act clarifies the current requirement that impairment substantially limit a major life activity in order to be considered a disability. It also confirms for the courts that people with disabilities should not lose their civil rights protections because their condition is treatable with mediation or can be addressed with the help of assistive technology. The Employer & Disability Alliance sent a letter to the Hill explaining these and other elements in more detail this morning. The full text of the letter is below.
“Some will criticize the details of the compromise, and this criticism will come from some in the employer community and some in the disability community,” said Donohue. “But, in making decisions comes some heat and we are willing to take that heat to do what is necessary. Fortunately, the new proposal has been widely vetted in the business community and we look forward to working with the policymakers on Capitol Hill to move the ball forward, with the hope that this agreement can be kept largely intact.”
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