More ADA-related discrimination filings in 2009 than in any other year.
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USA Today (8/20, Bello) reports more people with disabilities "filed charges of discrimination against their employers last year than at any other time in the 20-year history of the Americans with Disabilities Act." In 2009, nearly 21,500 ADA-related charges were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. USA Today says the main reasons for the increase were "the recession and an amendment to the ADA that broadened the definition of what it means to be disabled." Nicholas LaRocca of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society says that with more people being fired due to the economy, "people with disabilities are more in that direct line." In addition, the legislative change to the ADA reversed restrictions on its reach placed by the Supreme Court in 1999 that had excluded "people whose disabilities were not visible or were controlled by medication, such as epilepsy or diabetes."