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Celebrate the New Americans with Disablities Act

Sep 17, 2008


Celebrating the New Americans with Disabilities Act

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I am very happy to report that the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 was unanimously passed by the Senate last week. This bill clarifies for the courts that people with disabilities should not lose civil rights protections because their condition is treatable, episodic or not completely disabling. The President is expected to sign this bill into law in September. The Epilepsy Foundation has supported the ADA Amendments Act to secure the promise of the ADA, as it was originally envisioned.Our success in Congress could not have happened without supporters like you. During the past year, there were many who thought an agreement with Congress could not be reached. We didn’t let this stop us and together we proved anything is possible.

For those who live in the Washington, DC area please join the Epilepsy Foundation on the west front steps of the U.S. Capitol to help celebrate Congress passing the ADA Amendments Act! Congress will be sending the bill to the White House for President Bush’s signature. The celebration will take place at 1:45pm on Wednesday September 17th. Please show your support for epilepsy awareness by wearing a white t-shirt. We hope to see you there!

This legislative victory is an example of the Epilepsy Foundation’s advocacy strength on the local and national level and should inspire everyone affected by epilepsy to get involved.

Thank you for your continued support.

Eric Hargis
President & CEO

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