Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Recent press on ADA Restoration

Articles:
"Disabilities law under fire, groups claim" from the New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)
"Bus on journey for disabled" from The Republican (Springfield, MA)

Letters to the Editor:

Letter from Mark McCubbin to the Burlington Free Press (Burlington, VT)
Letter from Joanne Gard to the Northwest Herald (McHenry County, IL)

35 comments:

Chas said...

Hopefully more get involved with their time and take a few moments to write more letters of support to their representatives.

It needs to also be stressed that more funding and user involvement is needed to eliminate barriers. In my experience, funding has been the biggest barrier to providing appropriate access, and there has a been a big lack of user involvement for providing reasonable access.

User involvement in many cases can save money to those trying to provide access.

Chas said...

In case anyone is interested, I took a part of the talking points and put them in a letter to Senators Boxer and Fienstien (I forwarded a Thank You to Congressman Thompson for already supporting the Restoration Act.).

Here is a copy of what I stated, maybe other can do the same to their representatives:

As a disabled individual, looking for work and improved social involvement I am writing this letter to encourage your support for the Americans with Disabilities Restoration Act (H.R. 3195/S. 1881) to keep the promise that was done in 1990, but seems forgotten within our society and local governments.

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and signed by President George H.W. Bush in order to give people with disabilities a chance to be judged fairly.

Unfair discrimination harms all Americans. People with disabilities want to work to their full ability and not have to turn to public assistance to live. The ADA creates a level playing field so everyone who wants a job has an equal opportunity to work.

Just as other civil rights laws prohibit employers from basing decisions on characteristics like race or sex, Congress wanted the ADA to stop employers from making decisions based on disability.

But this is NOT happening for people for people with disabilities (This can be felt here in Humboldt County, California.).

The employment rate if people with disabilities has not improved.
Two-thirds of people with disabilities who do not have a job indicate they would work if they could find employment.
Courts decide against people who challenge discrimination 97% of the time, often before the person has even had a chance to show that the employer treated them unfairly.

The courts have created an absurd Catch-22 by allowing employers to say a person is “too disabled” to do the job but not “disabled enough” to be protected by the law. The case is thrown out of court and the individual is never given the chance to do the job. This is wrong!

There are other points that need much attention, such as even additional funding for creating better access and getting more disabled involved in making policies and choosing appropriate accessible tools.

The ADA Restoration Act (H.R. 3195/S. 1881) ensures the right to be judged based on performance. It restores the original intent of Congress, harmonizing the ADA with other civil rights laws and requiring the courts to interpret the law fairly.

As an individual and wishing to limit what I have to share to a minimum, hope you look deeper into supporting the ADA Restoration Act (H.R. 3195/S. 1881).

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