The ADA – A Historic Piece of Legislation

The ADA – A Historic Piece of Legislation

Key Takeaway:

The ADA is a landmark legislation that prohibits discrimination of any kind against people with disabilities. It is still evolving, with several amendments having been carried out till date.

One of the defining legislations in American history; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is considered a jewel in the crown of the American spirit of non-discrimination. In essence, the ADA, passed in 1990, prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. A disability too, finds clear mention in the Act. It is defined as a physical or mental handicap that hampers the execution of any life activity.

Amendments to the ADA

The most profound amendment to the ADA was carried out in 2008. Having put the Act into practice for nearly two decades, it was felt necessary to expand the scope of the original Act. The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAA) changed the very nature of interpretation of the term, “disability”, as well as some portions of Title I of the original Act

American Supreme Court cases dealing with ADA

  • Bragdon v. Abbott -relating to reproductive ability in an HIV-positive person;
  • Olmstead v. L.C. -about discrimination against a person with mental disability;
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. v. Williams -about carrying out manual job.

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Highlights of the ADA

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