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  • 1999 - In Murphy v. United Parcel Service, Inc.(No. 97-1992), The U.S. Supreme Court explains how to determine whether an impairment "substantially limits" a major life activity under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).[1]
  • 1999 - In Sutton v. United Airlines, Inc.(No. 97-1943), The U.S. Supreme Court definition of "disabled" under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The court held that the petitioners were not actually disabled under subsection (A) of the disability definition because they could fully correct their visual impairments. The court also determined that petitioners were not "regarded" by respondent as disabled under subsection (C).[2]


Deaths

  • 2002 - Justin W. Dart, Jr. - Disability advocate. A staunch advocate for the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 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.[1]


References

  1. "No. 97-1992." FindLaw. 2008. Accessed on May 19, 2008.
  2. "No. 97-1943." FindLaw. 2008. Accessed on May 19, 2008.