Understanding the ADA and Section 504

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The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) was passed by Congress in December 2008. This significant piece of legislation corrected what Congress considered to be a departure from the intent of the original ADA (passed in 1990) brought about by several narrow interpretations of the law through Supreme Court rulings. This Parent Advocacy Brief from the National Center for Learning Disabilities will help you:

  • understand the changes brought about by the ADAAA
  • know how they apply to Section 504
  • see how they may impact children with disabilities, including learning disabilities, as well as other conditions such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD).


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