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Just Semantics: The Lost Readings Of The Americans With Disabilities Act, Jill Anderson Jan 2008

Just Semantics: The Lost Readings Of The Americans With Disabilities Act, Jill Anderson

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Disability rights advocates and commentators agree that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has veered far off course from the Act's mandate of protecting people with actual or perceived disabilities from discrimination. They likewise agree that the fault lies in the language of the statute itself and in the courts' so-called literalist reading of its definition of disability. As a result, many disability rights advocates have pinned their hopes for doctrinal reform on the proposed ADA Restoration Act, now in congressional committee. Although the Act would likely be a boon to plaintiffs, its chances of passage are uncertain. This ...