DEFINITION of 'Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 – ADAAA'

Legislation that became effective January 1, 2009 that expands the population that is considered disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 was enacted to make it easier for individuals desiring protection under the ADA to establish a disability within the context of the ADA's guidelines. The amendment upholds the ADA's definition of a disability as having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more "major life activities", but adds clarification on what constitutes "major life activities".

BREAKING DOWN 'Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 – ADAAA'

The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990 making discrimination against a disabled person illegal in public accommodations, employment, transportation, communications and government settings. The ADAAA expanded the definition of "major life activities" to include caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, working and "major bodily functions" that includes cell growth and functions of the immune, digestive, bladder, bowel, neurological, brain, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine and reproductive functions.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Americans With Disabilities Act ...

    Legislation passed in 1990 that prohibits discrimination against ...
  2. Any-Occupation Policy

    A term used in the insurance industry to refer to a specific ...
  3. Total Permanent Disability (TPD)

    A condition in which an individual is no longer able to work ...
  4. Disability Insurance

    A program managed by the Social Security Administration that ...
  5. Disability Insurance Trust Fund

    An account within the Social Security Trust Fund used to pay ...
  6. Elderly and Disabled Credit

    A non-refundable tax credit available for taxpayers who are aged ...
Related Articles
  1. Financial Advisor

    Disability and Retirement: How to Be Prepared

    Here's how financial advisors can help clients with disabilities arrive at the best solution over the long term when it comes to planning for retirement.
  2. Insurance

    The Disability Insurance Policy: Now In English

    Learn to translate this complicated policy so you can rest assured you're covered.
  3. Financial Advisor

    Advising FAs: Explaining Disability Insurance to a Client

    Disability is a very critical type of insurance that most individuals should consider carrying. When it comes to your personal finances, long-term disability can have a devastating effect if ...
  4. Taxes

    The New Tax-Free Savings Accounts For the Disabled

    Due to the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, many people with disabilities will have an easier time financing their lives, starting in 2016.
  5. Managing Wealth

    Tips for Insuring Your Salary

    Those with high incomes really can’t afford to be without disability insurance. Here's why.
  6. Retirement

    Do You Qualify for Social Security Disability?

    When it comes to qualifying for Social Security Disability Insurance, you either do or you don’t. Here's how to find out if you do and how to apply.
  7. Insurance

    Choosing The Best Disability Insurance

    Social Security benefits can be hard to collect. Find out why you need disability insurance to protect your income, and learn how to choose the right policy for you.
  8. Financial Advisor

    Top 3 Financial Steps to Take on Disability

    Going on disability can be a stressful time financially. Here are 3 steps to take on disability to help protect against significant financial blowback.
  9. Financial Advisor

    Disability and Business Overhead Coverage for the Self-Employed

    What every small business owner or professional needs to know about individual and business overhead disability income insurance plans.
  10. Retirement

    Step by Step: Applying for Social Security Disability

    Applying for disability benefits is no easy task – but it's well worth your time and effort if a disability is preventing you from earning a living.
Hot Definitions
  1. Cash Flow

    The net amount of cash and cash-equivalents moving into and out of a business. Positive cash flow indicates that a company's ...
  2. PLUS Loan

    A low-cost student loan offered to parents of students currently enrolled in post-secondary education. With a PLUS Loan, ...
  3. Graduate Record Examination - GRE

    A standardized exam used to measure one's aptitude for abstract thinking in the areas of analytical writing, mathematics ...
  4. Graduate Management Admission Test - GMAT

    A standardized test intended to measure a test taker's aptitude in mathematics and the English language. The GMAT is most ...
  5. Magna Cum Laude

    An academic level of distinction used by educational institutions to signify an academic degree which was received "with ...
  6. Cover Letter

    A written document submitted with a job application explaining the applicant's credentials and interest in the open position. ...
Trading Center