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Changing the Landscape for Individuals with Learning Disabilities

By Barry C. Taylor & Rachel M. Weisberg

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act promises greater protection to individuals with learning disabilities. The Act and its regulations instruct courts to focus on limitations instead of outcomes, disregard mitigating measures, look beyond limitations to activities only of “central importance to most people’s daily lives,” and consider major bodily functions of the brain and neurological system to be “major life activities.” The Act likely allows more students with learning disabilities to press for accommodations on high-stakes tests.

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