Please remember to join disability advocates from across the country for the National Call-in Day on Tuesday, June 24th to support the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. We need your help to make sure the bill becomes law.
The ADA Amendments Act will expand protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act and reverse judicial decisions that permit job discrimination against people with epilepsy. The bill is strongly supported by the Foundation as well as experts in the disability community, business and employer groups, Members of Congress, and congressional staff.
We now need your help! Our goal is to have the ADA Amendments Act passed by the entire House of Representatives with no amendments. You can help by calling Rep. Virgil H. Goode, Jr. on Tuesday, June 24 with the following message:
"I am calling, as a person affected by epilepsy, to express my strong support for the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. This bill would protect people like me and is supported by the disability and business communities. I urge Rep. Virgil H. Goode, Jr. vote in favor of the bill without any amendments and without a motion to recommit!
You can reach Rep. Virgil H. Goode, Jr. at (202) 225-4711 or (540) 484-1254.
Additional background information is available below.
Thank you for joining in this national effort to pass the ADA Amendements Act and protect people with epilepsy from employment discrimination!
The Americans with Disabilities Act has transformed the nation since its enactment in 1990. The ADA was intended to protect people with disabilities from discrimination at work and in public life.
Unfortunately, court decisions over the last decade have excluded individuals who should have been covered under the ADA. These judicial restrictions block people with conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, cancer, heart disease and bipolar disorder from seeking protections against employment discrimination under the ADA.
The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 will re-establish these protections. This legislation is supported by over 40 national disability organizations - including the Epilepsy Foundation - and many key business associations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the HR Policy Association.
The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 will:
* Amend the current Americans with Disabilities Act so that the effects of "mitigating measures" such as anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs), could not be used in determining whether an individual is disabled.
* Makes it clear that Congress intended the ADA's coverage to be broad, to cover anyone who faces unfair discrimination because of a disability.
* Clarifies the current requirement that an impairment substantially limits a major life activity in order to be considered a disability. The legislation provides a reasonable standard that will give clarity to employers and access to protections from unlawful discrimination for people with disabilities.