ADA Restoration (via the ADA Amendments Act) – the final steps

Aloha!
I just got back in town from Hawaii last night.  There are not enough words in the english language to describe my exhaustion, but it was a great trip and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Let me give a shout out to Dr. Steven Brown of the University of Hawaii’s Disability Studies program with whom I had the great pleasure of a cup of tea and some conversation.

With regard to ADA restoration, today is the day! In about 15 minutes or so the President is to sign the ADA Amendments Act into law in a small private ceremony.  As you may know, on September 17th the White House released a Statement on the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 which said:

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is instrumental in allowing individuals with disabilities to fully participate in our economy and society, and the Administration supports efforts to enhance its protections. The Administration believes that the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, which has just passed Congress, is a step in that direction, and is encouraged by the improvements made to the bill during the legislative process. The President looks forward to signing the ADAAA into law.

I hope my early posting doesn’t jinx it, but it is exciting news and I am very glad that to be back in Washington DC in time for this event.

Resources

History in the Making: Final House Passage of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008

Senate Passage of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008

Reuters – US Senate Passes Bill Protecting Disabled People

ADA Restoration Policy Update – What is Really Going On (August 29, 2008)

From the ADA Restoration Act to the ADA Amendments Act  (July 1, 2008)

ADA Restoration Act Video Testimony – Carey McClure (January 29, 2008)

House Committee on Education and Labor Hearing on the ADA Restoration Act (January 29, 2008)

Day in Washington Podcast #14(b) – Senate ADA Restoration Hearing (November 15, 2007)

Day in Washington Podcast #11 – ADA Restoration House Hearing (October 4, 2007)

Day in Washington Podcast #5 – ADA Restoration – An Analysis (What is ADA Restoration and Why is it Necessary)

American Association of People with Disabilities ADA Restoration Blog

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities ADA Restoration Page – Includes Written Testimony of Additional Supporters