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Statement of the American Diabetes Association on U.S. Senate Hearing to Discuss the Americans with Disabilities Act


American Diabetes Association

2008-07-15 11:28:00

ALEXANDRIA, VA–(EMWNews – July 15, 2008) – John Griffin, Jr., Esq., a member of the

American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) Board of Directors, issued the

following statement regarding a hearing held today, by the U.S. Senate’s

Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pension to determine the proper

scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“We applaud Chairman Edward Kennedy (D-Mass), Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY),

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), for demonstrating

their commitment to ending discrimination against people with disabilities

by holding today’s hearing to discuss the coverage of Americans with

diabetes and other serious illnesses under the Americans with Disabilities

Act. In doing so, this committee demonstrates that the Senate is concerned

about protecting Americans from discrimination based on conditions such as

diabetes. The Senate is considering amendments to the Americans with

Disabilities Act that would end the current Catch-22 in which people with

conditions like diabetes who work hard to manage their conditions are then

told that they have been so successful that they don’t qualify for

protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act even when they are

explicitly discriminated against because of their disease. Thus, today’s

hearing is a critical step on the road to insuring that people with

disabilities are judged on their own merit, which will be a great

accomplishment for all Americans.”

The American Diabetes Association has banded together with other disability

rights organizations and partners in the business community to urge

Congressional support for legislation that proposes changes to restore the

protections Congress originally intended when it passed this law in 1990,

but which have been eroded as a result of a series of Supreme Court


The ADA is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization supporting

diabetes research, information and advocacy. The Association’s advocacy

efforts include helping to combat discrimination against people with

diabetes; advocating for the increase of federal diabetes research and

programs; and improved access to, and quality of, healthcare for people

with diabetes. The ADA’s mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to

improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Founded in 1940, the

Association provides service to hundreds of communities across the country.

For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at

1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit Information

from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

Shana Starkand
(703) 549-1500, ext. 2622
[email protected]

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