February 13, 2018

Protecting Disabled Americans

The ADA Education and Reform Act is critically broken

by Chris Thomas

Photo by Doug Maloney

HR 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act, recently cleared the House Judiciary Committee. The bill makes several key alterations to the Americans with Disabilities Act but the most damaging is a new restriction, preventing Americans from suing under the ADA without first submitting a written complaint and waiting 60 days.

Why This Matters

Right now, no such restriction exists. That means that, right now there is an incentive to make buildings and businesses accessible for people with disabilities from the get-go.

That ‚Äúfrom the get-go‚ÄĚ accessibility matters. It matters because, without it, a person with a disability must first be turned away and file a complaint before anyone will consider their needs. That transforms the landscape faced by the disabled from one in which access was the rule to one in which access is the exception.

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