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Take Action: Tell the House to Vote No on HR 620 Before Thursday

Tuesday, February 13, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Denise Marshall
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The House is expected to vote this week on H.R. 620, the ADA Education

and Reform Act. The bill, opposed by COPAA and over 230 of our colleagues in the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), weakens key provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) byprohibiting civil actions based on the failure to remove an architectural barrier to access into an existing public accommodation except under certain conditions. The bill places the burden on persons with disabilities to notify business owners of the need to provide accommodations and reduces the incentive to business owners to make their business accessible.

 

Take Action:Call your Representatives today! You can call the Capital Switchboard at 202-224-3121oronetoll-free number (844-USA-0234) which will connect to your representatives by entering your zip code.Now isthe time for ACTION, remember every call matters!Don’t let them eliminate vital protections carefully crafted in the ADA to support people with disabilities.

What to Say:

  • I am your constituent.
  • I have a disability/I am the parent of a child with a disability/I am a family member of someone with a disability/or I represent the rights of people with disabilities. .
  • I/My child/family/my clients benefit under the Americans with Disabilities Act by having access to restaurants, retail stores, doctor’s offices and more!
  • This bill would set a dangerous precedent and roll back rights.
  • Vote NO on HR 620 – a bill that negatively amends the ADA.
  • The changes proposed by HR 620 place the burden on children and adults –who require access to businesses of all kinds – to notify the business owner of the need for accommodation rather than ensuring that our communities are accessible to everyone.
  • The ADA was carefully crafted in 1990 and updated in 2008 – with the input of both people with disabilities and business owners. The law works and should not be amended in ways that discriminate against the people it was designed to include in our communities and everyday lives.

 

Read opposition letter signed by COPAA:http://c-c-d.org/fichiers/UPDATED-Letter-of-Opposition-for-ADA-Education-and-Reform-Act-2017-HR620-May-4-2017.pdf

 

Read the text of HR 620:https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/620


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