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NYS Advocates Call To Action – Don’t Let Them Undermine The Americans With Disabilities Act

New York Advocates Call to Action: Oppose H.R. 620 ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017

H.R. 620 ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 undermines the landmark civil rights law, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and harms people with disabilities. The “ADA Education and ReformAct” upends a key provision of the ADA by preventing people with disabilities from immediately going to court to enforce their rights and to press for timely removal of the barrier that impedes access to a business.

The disability voice needs to be heard. Representative Kathleen Rice (D-NY-4) signed on as a co-sponsor of H.R. 620. We are asking for your help as New York advocates to reach out to her office to ask that she remove her name as a co-sponsor of this bill.

Click Here To Take Action On This Issue

H.R. 620 the ADA Education and Reform Act, was recently voted out of the House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee. The bill now heads for a house vote. We are hoping with your help we can prevent this harmful bill from moving any further.

You can contact her office by calling (202) 224-3121 and ask that she REMOVE HER NAME AS A SPONSOR OF H.R. 620.

H.R. 620 Talking Points:

• Undermines the landmark civil rights law, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and harms people with disabilities.
• H.R. 620 does not strengthen the ADA, it severely weakens and undermines one of the goals of the law.
• It upends a key provision of the ADA by preventing people with disabilities from immediately going to court to enforce their rights.
• A “time period fix” does in fact harm people with disabilities, meaning that people with disabilities will not be able to gain physical access to any place of public accommodation for weeks, months, or possibly years.
• H.R. 620 REMOVES ANY INCENTIVE for businesses to comply proactively with the ADA.

2017-10-13T12:58:39+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Categories: Advocacy, Latest, United Spinal Updates|