Office of Diversity and Inclusion

ADA (American Disabilities Act) Compliance

The University of Massachusetts Boston is committed to the full inclusion of individuals with disabilities and continually improving the accessibility of our campus, programs and activities.

For questions please contact Lori Corcoran, Director of Diversity and ADA Compliance  at (617) 287-6587 or by email at

The ADA Amendments Act celebrates its 5th birthday!

On September 25, 2008, President Bush signed into law the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA/S. 3406). This law (Public law number 110-325), authored by Sens. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT), was the first legislative change to our nation’s landmark disability statute, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The law became effective on January 1, 2009.

The amended ADA retained the basic definition of "disability" as:

  1. an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities
  2. having a record of such an impairment
  3. being regarded as having such an impairment, but states that the definition should be interpreted broadly. 

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) posted a complete notice of the changes on its website at:

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Quinn Administration, 03, 025
Phone: 617.287.4818
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