Thursday, September 25, 2008

ADA Amendments Act of 2008

Longalex That's no typo; it's now official--the President signed today the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.  As a bonus, my colleague, Alex Long (University of Tennessee), has just posted on SSRN his essay forthcoming in the Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy, Introducing the New and Improved Americans with Disabilities Act:  Assessing the ADA Amendments ActIt's a great summary of the changes in the Act and their impact.  Rest assured that this will be my go-to source when I'm scrambling to include the new Act when I teach the ADA in a few weeks.


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It looks like the article discusses a prior version of the ADAAA that's a little different from the version that was enacted.

Posted by: Jennifer Mathis | Sep 26, 2008 6:42:28 AM

Jennifer, you're correct, but Alex was already on it. He's got an updated version of his essay on SSRN now. The same link should work, but let me know if it doesn't.

Posted by: Jeff Hirsch | Sep 26, 2008 10:42:00 AM

Too bad they did not include voter registration in that law. I made the National Voter Registration form accessible to the blind, accessible to JAWS and Window Eyes which are used by the blind and the American Foundation for the Blind tested them and they are so accessible that they sent them to the Secretary of State of West Virginia. I sent them to the EAC, the elections assistance Commission which said that their webmaster was responsible for making them compliant to Section 508 and so they didn't need any help.

The EAC is under a mandate to make elections accessible to the blind and yet they do not use JAWS, or Window Eyes becasue if they did they would have notived they are not accessible.

So congratulations on passing ADA, but its too bad that 1.8 million people are not allowed to vote in this country because everyone forgot about them!

Posted by: James Pepper | Sep 29, 2008 2:42:59 PM

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