SOURCE: American Diabetes Association

September 17, 2008 12:39 ET

American Diabetes Association Congratulates Congress & Encourages President Bush to Sign Landmark Civil Rights Legislation Into Law

A Critical Point in the Fight to Protect the Rights of Americans With Disabilities

ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwire - September 17, 2008) - The American Diabetes Association will stand with members of the business and the disability communities today to celebrate today's final passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADA Amendments Act) in Congress and to encourage President George W. Bush to sign this landmark civil rights legislation into law. The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990 to protect individuals from discrimination. However, a series of Supreme Court decisions have severely narrowed who is covered by the law, and many individuals with serious medical conditions, including chronic illnesses like diabetes, have found themselves no longer covered by the Act. The ADA Amendments Act, if signed into law, will take critical steps toward restoring the 1990 law to its original intent to protect such individuals from discrimination.

"We applaud Congress for reaching a compromise in order to send this crucial legislation to the President's desk," said Dan Kohrman, Chair of the American Diabetes Association's Legal Advocacy Subcommittee. "Overwhelming majorities in both houses of Congress realized the merit of this historic legislation. They acknowledged that the proposed Amendments Act strengthens fundamental protections for Americans with disabilities yet also has been recognized as manageable by prominent representatives of U.S. employers. Today, we are looking to President Bush to join Congress in this critical milestone in our fight to make the American workplace a more productive environment for Americans with disabilities by signing this bill into law."

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fighting for those affected by diabetes. The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes; delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit www.diabetes.org. Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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