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Government & Advocacy

  • January 8 - A unanimous vote by the U.S. Supreme Court on Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky Inc. v. Williams further defined which types of impairment are considered a ‘disability’ under the ADA. It was ruled that certain impairments – in this case, carpal tunnel syndrome - was not covered under ADA since it did not “substantially limit a major life activity”.
  • April 15 - The Japanese ASL Signers Society is officially approved and certified by Tokyo Department of Justice.[1]
  • June 10 - The court decision from Chevron v. Echazabal affirmed the right of employers to refuse hiring someone if the work poses a danger to that person's health.
  • July 3 - Julie Louise Gerberding, M.D., M.P.H. becomes the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).[2]
  • August 22 - An Executive Memorandum issued by President Bush directed federal agencies to launch, which serves as an accessible portal for information about programs, etc. The website is managed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and partnered with 21 other agencies.[3]

Health & Science

  • March 14 - Kevin Warwick, a British scientist and professor of cybernetics, implants a 100-electrode array in the median nerve fibers of his left arm, a device that was later used to control an electric wheelchair and an intelligent artificial hand.[4]


  • April 6 - The USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) and CSD announce their partnership which involved the relocation of the USADSF Home Office from Utah to the CSD campus.[5]


  • June 22 - Justin W. Dart, Jr. - Disability advocate. A staunch advocate for the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Dart was present at the signing by President George H. Bush. "In 1989, Dart was appointed chair of the President’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities, shifting its focus from its traditional stance of urging business to “hire the handicapped” to advocating for full civil rights for people with disabilities." Dart had post-polio syndrome. [6]


  1. "Japanese ASL Signers Society (JASS) Home Page." Japanese ASL Signers Society. June 20, 2004. Accessed on March 10, 2008.
  2. "The CDC Director's Biography". Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. May 21, 2007. Accessed on November 17, 2008.
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  4. "The next step towards true Cyborgs?." The University of Reading. September 22, 2005. Accessed on May 19, 2008.
  5. "USADSF and CSD Announce Partnership." USA Deaf Sports Federation. April 6, 2002. Accessed on April 1, 2008.
  6. W. Dart, Jr.