Disability Rights

Americans with Disabilities Act


The Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted in 1990 to provide legal protections to the millions of Americans who are vulnerable to discrimination because of physical or mental disabilities. However, since its passage, the courts had dramatically narrowed the scope of the ADA.

On January 1, 2009 the ADA Amendments Act went into effect. The law clarifies the original intent of Congress in passing the ADA and restores some of the civil rights that had been eroded by subsequent judicial decisions. On March 24, 2011, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced final regulations for the Act.

Read the ACLU press release supporting the ADA Amendments Act.