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U.S. Federal Legislation: ADA

A bill (H.R. 3195) that would amend the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been approved by the House of Representatives. The Senate has agreed to consider the matter. The bill is designed to broaden the scope of the ADA.

Under the bill, key provisions of the ADA would be clarified. For example, current law provides that a person is considered disabled if an impairment substantially limits a major life activity. H.R. 3195 would define a “major life activity” as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working.

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