On Aug. 11, the Federal Register made available for public inspection a final rule revising the Justice Department's Americans with Disabilities Act Title II and Title III regulations to implement the requirements of the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

The final rule in the Federal Register Aug. 11 and will take effect Oct. 10.

In response to several Supreme Court decisions that narrowly interpreted the ADA's definition of disability, Congress passed the ADAAA in 2008 to ensure that the ADA definition of disability would be broadly construed.

The ADAAA made a number of significant changes to the meaning and interpretation of the ADA definition of disability to ensure that the term would be applied without extensive analysis, so that all individuals with disabilities could receive the law's protections.

The final rule ensures that the Justice Department's regulations are consistent with the changes Congress made to the ADA.