Pacific ADA Center News

ADAAA Final Rule Published

Now available for public inspection in the Federal Register is a final rule revising the Justice Department's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II and Title III regulations to implement the requirements of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). The final rule will take effect on Monday, October 10, 2016, 60 days from publication in the Federal Register.

In response to several Supreme Court decisions that narrowly interpreted the ADA's definition of "disability," Congress passed the ADAAA to ensure that the ADA definition of "disability" would be broadly construed. The ADAAA made a number of significant changes to the meaning and interpretation of the ADA definition of "disability" to ensure that the term would be applied without extensive analysis, so that all individuals with disabilities could receive the law's protections. The final rule ensures that the Justice Department's regulations are consistent with the changes Congress made to the ADA.

A copy of the final rule is available on the Justice Department's ADA website.

For more information about the ADA and the ADAAA, please visit the Pacific ADA Center's website at www.adapacific.org, or contact us for technical assistance at 1-800-949-4232 (V / TTY), or adatech@adapacific.org.