The American with Disabilities Act of 2008 (ADA) is a reincarnation of the 1990s endeavor to create an Amendment that would protect individuals who have disabilities from discrimination. Discrimination for the mentally and physically disabled has been a ubiquitous problem in the nation. Because of this, the ADA Amendments Act was created to fight and counteract this particular type of discrimination.
One of the key factors of the ADA Amendments Act was to reverse and counter issues that had been brought out by the Supreme court and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission regarding employment of individuals with disabilities.
Essentially, the ADA Amendments Act outlined rejections of conditions regarding disabilities and what constitutes a disability. These are directly related to the Supreme Court case of Sutton vs. United Air Lines. The ruling of this case had come with much controversy and disdain for what was professed. In the Act, each element is individually addressed regarding the case.
Furthermore, what this Act does is asks the court to look at cases based on whether or not there is discrimination taking place against an individual, and not whether the individual can be considered disabled, and at what level.
The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 was ratified and placed into the Constitution in September of 2008. However, it fully came into effect on January 1st of 2009.