October 16, 2002
Contact: Mark S. Quigley
202-272-2074 TTY

National Council on Disability Releases Inaugural Paper in
Americans with Disabilities Act Policy Brief Series

WASHINGTON-The National Council on Disability (NCD) today released the inaugural paper in a series of policy documents addressing specific topics raised by detrimental rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Righting the ADA ( ), explains NCD's rationale for undertaking this comprehensive examination, the high expectations it had for the ADA, NCD's role regarding the ADA, the impact of the ADA, and an overview of this series of policy briefs.

Initially, NCD will respond to certain inaccurate comments about the ADA leveled by Justice O'Connor, and to several key media misrepresentations of and erroneous attacks on the ADA. Subsequently, NCD will examine various specific substantive aspects of the Court's rulings that have weakened or restricted the impact of the ADA, including the highly restrictive interpretation of the ADA's definition of "disability." Another major area to be addressed concerns constitutional limits on the power of Congress to enact disability rights laws such as the ADA and other civil rights legislation.

NCD plans to address some limitations the Court has imposed on the remedies available in ADA cases and take a cross-issue look at the consequences of the Supreme Court's decisions by contrasting the state of the law before the decisions were rendered with the legal situation after the decisions, to identify undesirable and unjust results in the decisions of the lower courts as a result of the Supreme Court's rulings and to summarize instances of unaddressed discrimination and injustices stemming from the Court's rulings that do not result in reported court decisions.

NCD will then to develop legislative proposals for addressing those issues that appear appropriate for legislative correction.

Finally, NCD will present its legislative proposals, along with pertinent supportive material from the previous papers in a final, comprehensive report Righting the ADA.

For more information, contact Mark Quigley or Joan Durocher at 202-272-2004.
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