43 brave Senators have stood up against legislative efforts to weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act, and we hope those impacted by hydrocephalus will take a moment to thank them for their efforts.
The legislation, known as the ADA Education and Reform Act, would weaken the process disability advocates use to make non-ADA compliant buildings more accessible. To address a non-compliance issue, advocates would have to provide detailed written notification of perceived barriers, then wait up to 60 days for a written response, then wait another 60 days to assess whether the building owner has made “substantial progress toward addressing the violation. That “substantial progress,” which is not specified in the bill, is the only requirement owners would need to meet to avoid civil action. In short, this legislation would make enforcement of the ADA tougher and would treat the civil rights of people with disabilities different than other protected groups.
This egregious legislation would have been up for near-term consideration in the Senate if it weren’t for 43 Senators who threatened a filibuster if the bill came to the floor. You can find the list of Senators and the text of the letter HERE.
Legislators rarely get thanked for doing the right thing. Let’s be sure they know we appreciate their support and stand with them in the face of opposition. Check to see if your Senator is on the list. If so, post something positive thanking them for their stance! Below are a couple examples.
Thank you [twitter handle] for your opposition to the ADA Education and Reform Act. As someone who lives with hydrocephalus-related disabilities, I appreciate your leadership in protecting our access to buildings!
Senator [name] has joined others in blocking Senate consideration of the ADA Education and Reform Act. If enacted, the bill would have weakened the process disability advocates use to make non-ADA compliant buildings more accessible. Thank you [name] for standing up in support of those living with long-term disabilities! If you’re wondering if your Senator signed on, CLICK HERE. If you’re interested in the letter they sent to leadership, CLICK HERE.