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12-20-10, 08:44 PM
Odd title, as I can't find the reference to the governor's office in the body of the article, but a good overview of the relatively recent amendments to the ADA broadening its coverage, with more detailed discussion on implications for students.

Governors Office Releases information on ADA and ADD/ADHDThe Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990, and was the first comprehensive civil rights law for people with disabilities. It applied to all qualifying private employers (employers with 15 or more employees), all state and local government programs, including the public schools, and all places of public accommodation, including non-religiously controlled colleges and universities and test agencies.

Following its enactment, some of the fundamental provisions of the ADA were narrowed by Supreme Court rulings. The rulings (most notably Sutton v. United Airlines, 1999 and Toyota Motor Manufacturing v. Williams, 2002) served to limit the scope of opportunities and protections that were originally intended Americans with Disabilities Act.

Somewhat under the radar an Amendments Act (ADAAA) was passed in 2008 and became effective in 2009A major change occurred in the definition of what are termed "Major life activities." Before the amendment the definition of major life activities included but was not limited to: caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working. Recent changes have included the addition of: eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, reading, concentrating, thinking, and communicating. While the list of major life activities has been expanded, it is intended to illustrate what is covered and is not intended to be completely inclusive. A particular area of recent clarification is that just because a person has up till now managed their limiting condition on their own without intervention, does not prevent them from seeking protection and accomodation under the ADA.

12-20-10, 09:12 PM
Ooh, thank you.

It's good to have those explicitly laid out.