Revisions to the ADA Amendments Act set to take effect on October 10, 2016

A final rule revising the Justice Department's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II and Title III regulations to implement the requirements of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) have been published in the Federal Register, and will take effect on Monday, October 10, 2016. 

In response to several Supreme Court decisions that narrowly interpreted the ADA's definition of "disability," Congress passed the ADAAA to ensure that the ADA definition of "disability" would be broadly construed. The ADAAA updates the meaning and interpretation of the ADA definition of "disability" to ensure that the term is applied without extensive analysis, and further protects individuals with disabilities. The final rule ensures that the Department's regulations are consistent with the changes Congress made to the ADA.

A pre-publication copy of the final rule posted by the Federal Register can be found here.  The final rule is published in the Federal Register, and available on the Department's ADA website (, or the ADA Information Line: Voice: 1-800-514-0301; TTY:1-800-514-3083.