Legal forum: Americans with Disabilities Act: Recent and pending U.S. Supreme Court decisions and implications for spine professionals

Peter Blanck, James L. Schmeling

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This article highlights recent and pending United States Supreme Court cases interpreting employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and discusses their implications for spine professionals. The implications include how Spine readers approach evaluations of employees and job applicants with disabilities and workplace accommodations in light of the recent decisions. The cases pending before the Supreme Court involve orthopedic impairments and the "reasonableness" of certain workplace accommodations. Increasingly, spine professionals will be called on to assist in the analysis of these issues. This article will familiarize Spine readers with the legal interpretations under the Americans with Disabilities Act of "disability," "mitigating measures," "qualified individual," and "reasonable accommodations." It illustrates the ways in which spine professionals may be called on to help interpret and apply qualification and safety standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act to assist individuals, employers, attorneys, and other stakeholders in the employment of people with disabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)439-443
Number of pages5
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 15 2002
Externally publishedYes



  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Disability
  • Impairments
  • Mitigating measures
  • Qualified individual with a disability
  • Reasonable accommodations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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