In Sutton v. United Airlines Inc., 119 S. Ct. 2139 (1999) the U.S. Supreme Court resolved the hotly contested question of whether a court should take corrective measures, such as medication or glasses, into account in determining whether a person is disabled within the meaning of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. �12101 et seq. (ADA). It held that it should in determining whether the plaintiff has a disability under subsection A of the statutory definition. Under subsection A, disability is defined as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such individual (42 U.S.C. �12102(2)).

Since the decision was announced on June 11, 1999, there has been a firestorm of criticism from advocates for the disabled contending that the Supreme Court has done nothing less than strip the ADA of the power to perform its essential functions.

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