February 15, 2018
ADA Education and Reform Act is an affront to Americans with Disabilities
“It is a travesty that this legislation is even up for a vote”
Statement of Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, regarding the scheduled House vote to roll back the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):
“H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act, rolls back the protections that individuals with disabilities have received through the ADA for more than a quarter of a century. If it were to become law, it would be a major step backwards for our country. Even the name of the legislation is cynical.
“The 1990 law ensures that people with disabilities have equal access to public accommodations. It covers businesses and service establishments like grocery stores, doctors’ offices, and homeless shelters.
““The bill removes the incentives for businesses to comply with the law and imposes significant burdens on Americans with disabilities. Currently, the law provides legal recourse to disabled individuals to ensure that business and other establishments comply with the ADA law. We must not take that away.
“By providing businesses a 120-day waiting period before the person reporting a violation can take the case to court, this bill weakens the ADA. During this time, businesses would not be penalized as long as they are making ‘substantial progress’ towards becoming ADA-compliant. However, ‘substantial progress’ is not defined and would be left to the courts.
“This legislation is misguided and an affront to disabled Americans, many of whom are Alliance members. It is a travesty that this legislation is even up for a vote and we urge all members of the House to vote against it.“
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