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Tell Congress: Don't Mess with the Americans with Disabilities Act

The U.S. House of Representatives may soon consider a bill (H.R. 620) that would significantly weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its protections for individuals with disabilities. H.R. 620 would make it harder for a person with a disability to access their rights under this 27 year old civil rights law.


 

The U.S. House may soon consider a bill (H.R. 620) that would significantly weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its protections for individuals with disabilities. H.R. 620 would make it harder for a person with a disability to access their rights under this 27 year old civil rights law.

The bipartisan Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibited the discrimination of individuals with disabilities all most aspects of American life. The ADA struck a careful balance between the civil rights of individuals with disabilities and the practical needs of businesses, requiring only those modifications that did not result in an undue burden to an existing business. The law took the prospective approach of requiring equal access to businesses that were opened after the ADA became law in 1990.

Twenty-seven years is enough time for a business to know its obligations under the ADA. Building codes and state licensing requirements have been shaped to help businesses know what to do. Unfortunately, H.R. 620 ignores the bipartisan compromise that has been working for the past 27 years. H.R. 620 creates new, unnecessary burdens for a person with a disability to meet before filing a complaint against a business who has yet to comply with the 1990 law.

The House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee approved H.R. 620 on Thursday, September 7, 2017 and now awaits action in the U.S. House.

Don't let Congress mess with the ADA. Contact your Representative today to tell them to vote against H.R. 620.


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I am greatly concerned by legislation (H.R. 620) being considered in the U.S. House that would significantly weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its protections and civil rights of individuals with disabilities.

On September 7th, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee approved H.R. 620, which creates new burdens for individuals with disabilities to access public accommodations. Title III of the ADA made it illegal to discriminate against individuals with disabilities in accessing public services and facilities, including places of business. The ADA struck a careful balance between the civil rights of individuals with disabilities and the practical needs of businesses, even including a business waiver if an accessibility modification would create undue burden and expense.

H.R. 620 ignores the ADA's bipartisan compromise, which has been working for the past 27 years, by creating new, unnecessary burdens for a person with a disability to meet before filing a complaint against a business who hasn't complied with the 1990 law. H.R. 620 represents a giant leap backwards in the civil rights of individuals with disabilities and their ability to fully access and participate in their community.
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