The Americans with Disabilities Act is the most comprehensive and foundational civil rights law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability. Yet, 27 years after it was passed, people with disabilities still face enormous barriers.
A harmful new bill in the House of Representatives, the so-called ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620), is gaining steam.
H.R. 620 would completely change the way in which a business is required to comply with the ADA. Instead of requiring proactive compliance, the bill would place the burden on the individual who is being denied access. This bill proposes that after an individual with a disability is denied access she must first notify the business owner, with exacting specificity, that her civil rights were violated, and then wait for six months to see if the business will make “substantial progress” toward access, before going to a court to order compliance.
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Call Rep. Mike Turner at (202) 255-6465
Sample Script: “Hello, my name is [NAME] from [ADDRESS]. I’m calling to ask Rep. Turner to protect the Americans with Disabilities Act, and oppose H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act. This bill guts essential protections for those with disabilities whose rights are violated. Will Rep. Turner do everything in his power to oppose this bill?”
From our allies at re:act and the ACLU