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June 9, 2015

The ADA and the Supreme Court: A Mixed Record

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor
JAMA. 2015;313(22):2217-2218. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.4268

According to conventional wisdom, the Supreme Court has resisted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at every turn.1 The Court, the story goes, has read the statute extremely narrowly and, as a result, stripped away key protections that Congress intended to provide. Its departure from congressional intent, indeed, was so extreme that Congress passed a statute that overturned several key decisions and codified broad statutory protections. That statute, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), passed with widespread bipartisan support, and President George W. Bush signed it into law.