Stop Attack on the Americans With Disabilities Act

Target: Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives

Goal: Do not impose damaging limitations on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The rights of the disabled community are at risk as Congress considers imposing harsh limitations on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These limitations would favor businesses over the rights of people. The bill is called the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, and is under consideration by the House Judiciary Committee.

The ADA, enacted in 1990, requires public entities to be handicap accessible, requires that people with disabilities be provided with reasonable accommodations, and prohibits discrimination against disabled people. The new bill essentially adds a 180-day waiting period to the process by which, under the ADA, a disabled person can report a violation and see it resolved quickly.

The bill requires a disabled person to know the law better than the business that must obey it, forcing the citizen with a disability to notify the business in writing that it has violated the ADA. Then, instead of the report being met with mediation and low-cost resolution to the barriers of access, the months-long waiting period allows businesses to continue violating the law and hope they don’t get caught.

The bill also does nothing to combat serial lawsuits — which is the main reason for the bill’s introduction and which the ADA already contains provisions against. Sign below to demand the rejection of this bill and the protection of disabled people’s civil rights.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Speaker Ryan,

The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 is a violation of the civil rights of disabled Americans. The Americans with Disabilities Act is the cornerstone of combating discrimination against people with disabilities, and unlike the new bill being considered, was an effort of bipartisan lawmakers and the disability community together. Both sides made agreements to ensure that barriers to access would be resolved — reporting a violation does not result in monetary gain for a handicapped person.

The problem of serial lawsuits, therefore, is not only relatively small, but is also a state and court problem that amending the ADA will have no effect on. The main outcome of this bill is the suffering of millions of disabled Americans who will have to face steadily more barriers to the accessibility that should be their right. I urge you to protect the rights of American citizens and stop this bill in its tracks.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

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4 Comments

  1. Kathryn Irby says:

    Do NOT impose damaging limitations on people with the Disabilities Act!!! This is NOT representative of “Christian Values!!”

  2. Jalene Kern says:

    I’m outrages and saddened that all of you think it’s acceptable to discriminate against the disabled class. How do you justify attaching us?? This is hate filled and for what, your lobbyists?? Nice to know they’re more important to you than your fellow citizens who suffer every day, and of discrimination. May you never feel what it feels like to be disabled and discriminated against.

  3. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    deaf is part of the disability community so why can’t you just respect them?

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