Expert Lecture: NAD on The ADA Amendments Act of 2008

Jun 13, 2018

The Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act was passed in 2008 in response to Supreme Court decisions in the late 90s that had too narrowly interpreted the ADA’s definition of a disability.

The ADAA amends only the ADA and Section 504 and broadens the definition of “disability” and what constitutes a “substantial limitation of a major life activity.”

The ADAA creates a more relaxed legal standard for establishing eligibility for receiving auxiliary aids and services in higher education institutions. As a result, a higher education institution’s DSS office should not need or require extensive documentation or analysis to determine that a student has a disability.

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