On March 24, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released regulations on what qualifies as a “disability” and what constitutes adequate protection of individuals under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADA) of 2008.
The regulations are designed to better outline what constitutes a “disability” and how those are protected under the 2008 law that modified the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.
The EEOC released a statement saying that, like the original disability law, regulations for the ADA Amendments Act make it clear that not every impairment constitutes a disability. The regulations include examples of impairments that should easily be concluded to be disabilities, however, such as HIV infection, diabetes, epilepsy and bipolar disorder, according to the commission.
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