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Justice Department Releases Technical Assistance Document on the ADA and Persons with HIV/AIDS

June 27, 2012

The U.S. Justice Department is leading the Federal governmentís efforts to strengthen enforcement of civil rights laws as they pertain to individuals with HIV/AIDS, as called for in the Presidentís July 2010 National HIV/AIDS Strategy. As part of the Strategy, the Department has committed to increasing outreach to affected communities to educate them about their rights and to uncover discrimination. An updated technical assistance document, Questions and Answers: The Americans with Disabilities Act and Persons with HIV/AIDS HTML | PDF, has been added to ADA.gov. The document explains the rights of persons with HIV/AIDS and the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for employers, businesses and non-profit agencies that serve the public, and State and local governments to avoid discrimination against persons with HIV/AIDS.

This week marks the fourteenth anniversary of the decision in Bragdon v. Abbott, the Supreme Court decision that stated that an individual who has HIV, but is asymptomatic, has a disability within the meaning of the ADA and is entitled to the protections of the statute. Since that time, Congress amended the ADA in 2008, making it easier for people with HIV/AIDS to demonstrate that they are persons with disabilities.

To learn more about the Civil Rights Divisionís enforcement activities, please visit our website dedicated to Fighting Discrimination Against People with HIV/AIDS. For more information about the ADA, you may call their toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 (voice) or 800-514-0383 (TTY), or access the ADA Website at www.ada.gov.

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