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Advocacy and Law

ADA LogoCongress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990 to "provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities."  The ADA broadened protection and promoted the inclusion, integration and empowerment of Americans with disabilities. Over time, Supreme Court decisions whittled away at the definition of disability, narrowing the protections available to citizens and eroding the intent of the law. 

In 2008, with the enactment of the ADAAA, the Nation reaffirmed its commitment to protecting against discrimination and to truly opening the doors of opportunity to all people with disabilities. (Georgetown Law ADA Archive)

To learn more about the Americans with Disabilities Act, visit or

The U.S. Department of Justice has created a helpful ADA Business Brief on Communicating with People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Hospital Settings.

Your Disability Rights

A video interview with Michael Stein, lecturer, RIT/NTID Liberal Studies Department. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Michael Stein is a partner with Stein & Vargas, LLP, a law firm specializing in disability discrimination cases. This video is for educational purposes only and is not to be relied upon as a substitute for legal advice.

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