Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990 to "provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities." The ADA broadened protections and promoted the inclusion, integration and empowerment of Americans with disabilities. In 2008, Congress enacted the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), reaffirming its commitment to protecting citizens with disabilities against discrimination and ensuring them access to opportunity.





Final Rule Implementing the ADA Amendments Act of 2008

Text of the Regulations

These regulations implementing the ADAAA, like the law itself, simplify the determination of who has a "disability" within the law's definition, making it easier for people to establish that they are protected by the ADA.



ADA Amendments Act of 2008

Text of the Law

The ADAAA was signed into law by President George W. Bush on September 25, 2008.


Related Links


Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Rights Task Force


Department of Justice ADA page


Olmstead: Community Integration for Everyone

Information and resources about the Olmstead decision and the Department of Justice's enforcement activities.