I just read this on another site and thought I'd share the info. Significant Changes in ADA Law Further Protect the Disabled Effective Jan. 1, new provisions of the American with Disability Act (ADA) took effect that in some circumstances offer further protections for the disabled. The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008 includes a wider group of people who are protected under the law. This legislation overturns several Supreme Court cases that interpreted the law more narrowly. People now are deemed disabled on the basis of their underlying medical condition, not the treatment they are pursuing. For example, that means that if someone’s multiple sclerosis, epilepsy or diabetes is in remission with medication, that person is still disabled. If a person can do their job but only if they remain on medication, they are still disabled. Also, the list of activities that qualify a person to establish that he or she has a mental or physical impairment that substantially affects a major life activity has been expanded. Tasks now such as concentrating, thinking, communicating, working, bending, lifting, standing, reading, performing manual tasks and caring for one’s self are now included. Major life activities also now include major bodily functions such as “functions of the immune system, normal cell growth, digestive, bladder, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine, and reproductive functions.” Although Congress strengthened the new law in part for returning disabled war veterans, others will benefit from the new protections. Posted by Clifford Law Offices at 01/09/2009 | Permalink d.