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ADA

15 petitions

Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Mark R. Shaw, Steven Goldberg, Ryan Green, Ellen Torbert, Landon Nitschke, Scott Halfmann

STOP Southwest Airlines from using an Airborne Killer on its planes! #StopSouthwestPeanuts

There is an airborne allergy that can kill people within 15 minutes of breathing any particle of it- that is a peanut. Unless you have a peanut allergy, or have a loved one that is afflicted with this deadly allergy, you are not aware of how being allergic to peanuts can kill you, if you do not get medical attention within 15 minutes. The last place you can do that is in sky, so why would an Airline intentionally expose people to this allergy?  Why would they do this when you are confined in a pressurized space? #StopSouthwestPeanuts Most people believe that if someone has a peanut allergy, as long as they do not eat the peanut they are fine. THAT IS WRONG. Exposure to the dust, especially in a confined space, where air is recycled is one of the most dangerous places to be for that person.  Most people believe that if someone has a peanut allergy, they will be fine after injected with an Epipen. THAT IS WRONG. After being injected with an Epipen, the person needs to get serious medical attention immediately after this adrenaline shot. They cannot do this while in a plane in the sky. Epipens DO NOT CURE it!  Southwest is literally setting the stage for a murder. They tell people with a peanut allergy it is fine they will not serve them. See at the bottom here, their own words to my complaint letter- they can help the "Majority" of their peanut allergic fliers. Persons with a Peanut Allergy can experience a myriad of symptoms of anaphylaxis - and all are life- threatening.   These symptoms can include:  Mouth: Itching, Swelling of lips and/or tongue Lungs: Shortness of breath. Coughing or WheezingHeart: Weak pulse; Dizziness; Passing out or ShockSkin: Itching; Hives; Redness or Swelling Throat: Itching; Tightness/closure or CoughingStomach: Vomiting; Nausea; Diarrhea or Cramps Or Death. Steward and Stewardesses on Southwest Airlines have admitted they have no way of cleaning up the peanuts dropped, spilled, or crushed on the floor. The remnants, particles that are in the air remain! And they have no way of knowing about or cleaning up after those customers (who have been seen doing this) who wiped their hands off on their seats or seats in front of them, after eats peanuts.  This can be from other flights, not even the current flight! The twitter links below show photos from a flight where no peanuts were served, yet peanuts were all over the plane, that was from when I boarded the plane! The Americans with Disabilities' Act states: that something is a disability if it substantially impairs a major life function. Breathing is a major life function.  Someone with a deadly allergy like a Peanut is considered disabled under the law. Further, in 1986, Congress passed the Air Carrier Access Act. Under ACAA, the Department of Transportation does not generally consider an allergy to be a disability, however "if a person’s allergy is sufficiently severe to substantially limit a major life activity, then that person meets the definition of an individual with a disability," a DOT spokesperson told ABC News. (citation below). DOT defines an individual with a disability as someone who has an impairment that substantially limits their ability to care for themselves, perform manual tasks, walk, see, hear, speak, breath, learn or work.  If someone can not breathe after being exposed to peanuts, under this definition they are disabled due to this allergy!  So why won't Southwest help the disabled? Why do they continue to put this "killer" on their planes?  They claim their customers love peanuts too much. Putting peanuts over lives. We need to stop this, please support this petition and #boycott Southwest until they remove these deadly killers from their all of their operations.  Below are photos of peanuts all over a plane where no peanuts were even served on that plane! And Southwest's "response" https://twitter.com/TraciHinden/status/969723564461928448 https://twitter.com/TraciHinden/status/969698928651218945 https://twitter.com/TraciHinden/status/969722937405202432 https://twitter.com/TraciHinden/status/969705387623514112 https://twitter.com/TraciHinden/status/969698584927989760 My original email to them on February 16, is below- after watching a woman on a flight after eating her peanuts, wipe her hands all over the back of the cloth seat in front of her. "Hello I am aunt to a 7 year old beautiful nut allergic little girl. I fly on Southwest all the time. I cringe when you pass out peanuts on every flight. On every flight I refuse them in protest. Each time, the stewards always say well we don't serve them on flights when a known nut allergy is on board. I always have the same response- nearly every flight i see food on the floor of a prior flight. If even one peanut is on the floor, and I have seen some, any person with a nut allergy would immediately - once the plane becomes pressurized become deathly ill. Those Eppi Pens only give you 15 minutes until you need medical attention. Southwest continues to pass peanuts out though even though a large population of people have this DEADLY Illness. This illness is a disability. Since the planes are not fully scrubbed of peanut particles and debris I am formally requesting you STOP serving these as you are playing with people's lives. I love flying your airline, but this practice is truly irresponsible. They do not do this in Europe Airlines anymore. You are expanding your routes now and taking on a larger group of people and someone is going to be hurt, or killed because of this business practice. As a civil rights lawyer and a loving aunt, I beg you to please stop."   This was their cold hearted response from a "no - reply email: "Dear Traci, Thank you for contacting us. I am so glad to know that you are usually pleased with your experiences on Southwest. We appreciate the loyalty you’ve shown us as a Rapid Rewards Member since 2009 and I welcome the opportunity to address your concerns. I am truly sorry for any disappointment with having peanuts as our snack option. As you know our Employees are trained to follow certain procedures when we are notified that a Customer is traveling with us and has a severe allergy to peanut dust. That said, we have decided not to forego serving peanuts for two reasons:  1) Experience tells us that we can accommodate the majority of our Customers who have peanut allergies with our current procedures and 2) The feedback we receive from our Customers doesn't justify the need to permanently remove peanuts—a trademark of our Company. In fact, we get a great deal of positive comments regarding our peanuts from Customers who were counting on a low-sugar, low-carbohydrate snack. And, we often must respond to complaints from Customers on flights that we do not serve peanuts. Rest assured, we are grateful for your taking the time to inform us of your concerns as we realize the usefulness of Customer feedback and its purpose to improve upon our operation. Please know that I have tracked your concerns via our monthly summary, which is distributed to our Senior Leadership. We are fully committed to providing our Customers with affordable, dependable, and genuinely friendly air travel, and we will continue to do our very best to meet or exceed our Customers' expectations. Your patronage is very important to us Traci, and we hope to welcome you onboard a Southwest flight soon. Sincerely, Sloan Chatterton, Southwest Airlines The file reference number for your email is 2224661574247."    Citation: http://abcnews.go.com/US/flying-peanut-allergies-airlines-react/story?id=47795670  

Traci Hinden
1,968 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Bergner's , Raegan W, Eastland Mall

Request Eastland Mall's "Bergner's" to widen their aisles for easier Wheelchair Access

Most of us rely on Bergner’s as a vital resource to purchase clothes and many other necessities for ourselves and our families. For those with mobility issues, this resource becomes a very laborious task to complete due to the inaccessibility of the narrow aisles. We would like to eliminate this problem by asking Bergner’s in Bloomington, Illinois to widen their aisles and allow easier access to those with mobility limitations. According to Colorado State University, a mobile impairment is defined as “the inability of a person to use one or more of his/her extremities, or a lack of strength to walk, grasp, or lift objects.” While enjoying Bergner’s, all of these impairments can become a struggle, making navigating the store in its current state a very difficult task. Squeezing through a tight or cluttered aisle may be slightly uncomfortable to able bodied individuals, but it can be impossible for someone who has mobility impairments. According to ANSI (American National Standards Institute), the average adult wheelchair can be up to 50 inches long and up to 32 inches wide. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities clearly states on page 18, “the minimum clear width for single wheelchair passage shall be 32 in (815 mm) at a point and 36 in (915 mm) continuously.” We found that most aisles in Bergner’s average 25 inches in width, which not only fails to comply with ADA Guidelines but is also barely wide enough for a small wheelchair to scrape by. We understand square footage for retail space will be the main concern and that is why we are requesting that the aisles have a minimum width of 36 inches. This alteration is 11 more inches than the current average aisle and 4 inches wider than the average adult wheelchair. This is a small change that will make a massive impact on how shopping is experienced and will open many doors for individuals who are not currently able to enjoy shopping at Bergner’s. We cannot make this change alone. Please leave your name showing your support of our proposition and together we can make a difference in our community. *We are not looking for any donations. If you receive a notification requesting you to donate it will go to change.org, not our cause.

Students Making a Change
105 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to US House of Representatives

"DON'T TREAD ON MY ADA" - Oppose ADA Education & Reform Act of 2017 - H.R. 620

The Honorable Paul RyanSpeaker of the House of RepresentativesThe Capitol H-232Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Nancy PelosiHouse Minority LeaderThe Capitol H-204Washington, DC 20515 Re: Opposition to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620) Dear Speaker Ryan and Minority Leader Pelosi:  OPPOSE the bill and STOP THE VOTE on H.R. 620 today! This will weaken and destroy the Civil Rights of millions of people with disabilities! DO BETTER!  As a person with a disability, an advocate for disability rights, an ally to disability rights and/or a social justice/equity advocates I sign this petition opposing the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017!  H.R. 620 would create significant obstacles for people with disabilities to enforce their rights under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to access public accommodations, and would impede their ability to engage in daily activities and participate in the mainstream of society. Rather, the burden of protecting the right to access a public place is shifted to the person with the disability, who first has to be denied access; then must determine that violations of the law have occurred; then must provide the business with specific notice of which provisions of the law were violated and when; and finally, the aggrieved person with the disability must afford the business a lengthy period to correct the problem. The bill’s proponents purport to protect business owners from the burden of understanding and complying with rules designed to ensure that people with disabilities could access public accommodations, on the ground that this burden is too heavy for businesses. Yet people with disabilities are expected to shoulder this burden and to provide businesses with information about the specific legal obligations that they are violating—after those individuals have been denied the access rights that Congress gave them decades ago. We know of no other law that outlaws discrimination but permits entities to discriminate with impunity until victims experience that discrimination and educate the entities perpetrating it about their obligations not to discriminate. Such a regime is absurd, and would make people with disabilities second-class citizens. Almost 28 years ago, the ADA was carefully crafted as a bipartisan compromise to take the needs of covered entities, including the types of businesses covered by Title III, into account. Among the compromises reflected in the ADA was the absence of any damage remedy in Title III; only injunctive relief and attorney’s fees are available for violations of this part of the law. The fact that, almost 28 years after enactment, there are still organizations, businesses, and companies who violate the law and deny access to people with disabilities suggests that businesses should be better educated about their legal obligations under the ADA—just as they are expected to be about the other legal obligations that they undertake in running a business—not that we should limit the rights of people with disabilities to participate in their communities. Section 2 of this bill states that the bill was written in consultation with … and representatives of the disability rights community. But H.R. 620 was not written in consultation with representatives of the disability rights community and it would create barriers to the civil rights for persons with disabilities that do not exist in other civil rights laws. As was mentioned earlier, the ADA has been law for almost 28 years. By this time, business owners have had ample notice of the ADA’s requirements and opportunity to remove barriers. If, after 28 years, a business has continued to not comply with the requirements of this legislation, why should a person have to wait more time for enforcement of their civil rights? Should an individual who is not allowed to enter a restaurant because of their race, gender or religion, have to wait before seeking to enforce their civil rights? Title III of the ADA already reflects a compromise that takes into account the concerns of businesses; it does not allow individuals to seek damages for violations of their civil rights. Now legislation like H.R. 620 seeks to further erode the civil rights of people with disabilities.   OPPOSE the bill and STOP THE VOTE on H.R. 620!   

Dara Baldwin
20,464 supporters