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Victory for the ADA Amendments Act!!

The ADA Amendments Act (ADA-AA) of 2008 was signed into law in a White House ceremony on September 25, after identical bills were passed by the Senate (unanimously, on September 11th) and the House (by voice vote, on September 17th). The law’s effective date is January 1, 2009.

On September 17, 2008, White House press secretary Dana Perino issued this statement affirming the President’s promise to sign the Act into law:

”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.”

DRW wishes to extend its congratulations to everyone who has written letters to the editor, called their congressperson, and otherwise advocated for this momentous reinvigoration of the ADA, a historic civil rights law protecting the rights of all people with disabilities. Job well done!