On July 26, 1990, the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 became law when President George H.W. Bush signed the bill enacted by Congress enacting Public Law 101-336. On September 25, 2008, President George W. Bush signed into law the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). Congress passed the ADAAA to give broader protections for disabled workers and "turn back the clock" on court rulings which Congress deemed too restrictive. These included Sutton v. United Air Lines, Inc., 527 U.S. 471 (1999), which narrowed the broad scope of protection intended to be afforded by the ADA, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. v. Williams, 534 U.S. 184 (2002), which further narrowed the broad scope of protection intended to be afforded by the ADA.
The ADA's mission is to “make it possible for everyone with a disability to live a life of freedom and equality.” This video from the ADA National Network features Dr. Temple Grandin and others discussing the importance of this landmark legislation.
The Brooklyn Law School Library has in its collection several titles on the subject of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 including Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act by William D. Goren, 3d ed. (Call #KF480.G67 2010) with these chapters: Concepts underlying the ADA and key definitions -- Essential functions of the job -- Concept of undue hardship and reasonable accommodation in the employment context -- Treatment of alcoholics and drug addicts -- Pre-employment medical exams/disability-related inquiries -- The ADA, health insurance, and the Genetic Nondiscrimination Act -- ADA and the public sector (Title II of the ADA) -- Places of public accommodations and commercial facilities -- The ADA and the health care provider -- The interrelationship between the ADA and other laws -- Remedies and procedural issues -- ADA and sports -- Hot areas -- Are you ready to rock and roll with your ADA case?