President BidenJoe BidenHouse Republican calls second bout of COVID-19 'far more challenging' Conflicting school mask guidance sparks confusion Biden: Pathway to citizenship in reconciliation package 'remains to be seen' MORE on Monday celebrated the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),Â a sweeping civil rights law,Â and announced a new program to help Americans experiencing long-term COVID-19 symptoms and conditions.
â€œFor our nation, the ADA is more than a law as well, itâ€™s a testament to our character as a people, our character as Americans,â€ Biden said in the Rose Garden.
â€œ31 years ago after its passage, many Americans have never lived in a world without the ADA,â€ Biden said.
â€œToday, too many Americans still face barriers,â€ Biden said, noting thatÂ on his first day in office he signed an executive order to establish a government-wide commitment to advancing equity, including for those with disabilities.
He announced on Monday aÂ new effortÂ for Americans with long-term COVID-19 impacts, so symptoms of â€œlong COVID-19â€ could qualify as a disability under the ADA.
The guidance does not automatically qualify long COVID-19 as a disability but people experiencing long-term symptoms or conditions can get an â€œindividualized assessmentâ€ to determine the condition â€œsubstantially limits a major life activity.â€.
The Department of Health and Human Services also released a guide on Monday about services provided by community-based organizations to help individuals experiencing long-term symptoms after contracting COVID-19.
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