Resource Paper: ADA AA: What Does It Mean

October 20, 2018

By: Donna Martinez, Ed.D.

Amendments to The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 were passed by Congress September 25, 2008. The law, effective as of January 1, 2009, is now referred to as The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADA AA). On December 12, 2008 the American Association for People with Disabilities ( ) announced the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chair, Naomi Churchill Earp, citing concerns that had been raised by members of the disability community about the Commission issuing an "Interim Final Rule" that would take effect without any opportunity for the disability community to review and comment on them, announced that she had decided to follow a more traditional " Notice of Proposed Rulemaking" process where advocates and stakeholders would have an opportunity to comment on the proposed regulations before they take effect.

According to the AAPD, "the Commission then discussed whether the proposed regulations were ready to be circulated for comment, and two of the four Commissioners (Stuart Ishimaru and Christine Griffin) said that they believe the proposed regulations need more work and voted against issuing them as a proposed rule at this time."

HEATH has compiled for you a collection of resource items to help explain the updates to the ADA. HEATH will announce when the EEOC publishes its Notice for Proposed Rulemaking. In the meantime, HEATH encourages its readers to become familiar with the new amendments in order to be informed and able to submit comments to the EEOC when they announce the "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking."

ADA AA Resources: