The Department is leading the Federal government’s efforts to strengthen
enforcement of civil rights laws as they pertain to individuals with HIV/AIDS,
as called for in the President’s 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 (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 Division’s enforcement activities,
please visit our website dedicated to Fighting Discrimination
Against People with HIV/AIDS. For more information about the ADA, you may
call our toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 (voice) or 800-514-0383
(TTY), or access the ADA Website at www.ada.gov.