Defend the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities
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Two bills have been introduced in Congress, that if passed, would take away some of the protections provided under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
HR 620, the "ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017", sponsored by U.S. Representative Ted Poe (TX, Republican), and HR 1493, the "ADA Lawsuit Clarification Act of 2017", sponsored by U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (CA, Republican) both contain sections which would place more limits on the ability of people with disabilities to sue if they are excluded from a building or public space due to a physical barrier. For example, "barriers" include not having a ramp allowing wheelchair and scooter users to enter a building.
The opportunity to enter public spaces and buildings such as stores and hospitals should continue to be recognized as a basic civil right. People with disabilities include many of us, our loved ones, and people in our communities. People who do not have disabilities now can be expected to live with a disability at some point during our lives.
People with disabilities need to be able to take rapid legal action when disability civil rights are ignored or violated.
Members of Congress: We need you to oppose HR 1493 and HR 620, and any other attacks on the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Petition authored by: Jake Abarca, Anna Castro, Braden Cooley, Hugh Dang, Anam Durrani, Sarahi Espinoza, Amanda Husted, Lois Jeon, Justin Kawakami, Vanessa Lopez, Mandy Mekhail, Carina Mena, Jameelah Najieb, Beth Ribet, Nicole Santos, M'ghan Stanford
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