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Government & Advocacy

  • 1996 - Willie Brown, a partially blind politician, became the the first African-American mayor of San Fransisco, California. While he was a member of the California State Assembly, Brown began to lose his eyesight due to retinitis pigmentosa.[1]
  • 2002 - 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".


References

  1. "A Strong Sense of Vision." Foundation Fighting Blindness. 2008. Accessed on March 21, 2008.