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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The ADA Amendments Act: Judicial Decisions Relating to Testing Accommodation

Nancy Lee Jones
Legislative Attorney

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a broad civil rights act prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities and has as its purpose "to provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities." The ADA was amended in 2008 by the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), P.L. 110-325, to expand the definition of disability from the manner in which it had been interpreted by the Supreme Court, an expansion which could effect whether accommodations are provided for certain tests such as bar examinations. This report will examine the statutory change in the definition particularly as it relates to the concept of "substantially limits," as well as judicial decisions and commentary relating to testing accommodation.

Date of Report: June 3, 2010
Number of Pages: 8
Order Number: R41280
Price: $19.95

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