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Act Now to Strengthen the ADA!

July 25, 2007

When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed in 1990, there was great hope that this law would help overcome the pervasive discrimination that people with mental illness and other disabilities face in the workplace and elsewhere. A series of court decisions since enactment have weakened the impact of this landmark law. For example, a 1999 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court held that people with mental or physical impairments whose conditions are stabilized by medications or other corrective measures are not disabled within the meaning of the ADAThis court decision opens the door to discrimination by permitting employers to decide that an individual is too disabled to work while preventing this individual from filing an ADA complaint because he or she is not disabled enough to qualify for its protections.    This is not what Congress intended when it passed the ADA.    

On Thursday, July 26th, the 17th anniversary of the enactment of the ADA, Representatives Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) will introduce the ADA Restoration Act of 2007.  This Act is intended to correct the problems created by court rulings like the 1999 Supreme Court decision, and to clarify that the ADA is intended to cover people with disabilities irrespective of whether they are taking medications or taking other steps to manage their medical conditions and achieve recovery. 

Action Needed!

Click here contact you Representative today, and tell them to support strengthening the ADA, and making sure that people who are taking medication for their psychiatric conditions can still seek ADA protection! Your voice can make a difference in ending discrimination against Americans with mental illness who are working towards recovery!