The House is poised to consider H.R. 3195- the “ADA Amendments Act” this week. We write to request your support for this bill and urge you to oppose any amendments to the underlying bill.
We believe the ADA Amendments Act will secure the promise of the original Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The ADA has as its fundamental goal the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society, including employment for people who are willing and able to work despite their disabilities. Unfortunately, court decisions over the last decade have excluded individuals who should have been covered under the current ADA law. These narrow court interpretations have restricted ADA coverage for people with diabetes, epilepsy, serious heart conditions, mental disabilities and even cancer.
A broad cross-section of both the employer and disability communities support the delicate balance the ADA Amendments Act strikes between the needs of individuals with disabilities and those of employers....