Hi all. This is a follow-up to the ADA/504 Action Alert I recently sent
out. Tomorrow (Tues, 6/24) is the National Call-In Day for HR 3195,
the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (sometimes called the ADA Restoration
Act). If you don't have a chance to call, you can at least
email your federal House representative. (If you're not sure who that is,
you can go to http://www.house.gov
and click on Write Your
Rep on the upper left side of the page.) Calling takes only a few minutes - all
you have to do is say you're "calling to support HR 3195, the ADA Amendments Act
of 2008, in its present form with no amendments. This bill will help adults and
children with disabilities be protected against discrimination in schools and in
the workplace." They may take your name and address, and that's about
it. Every call counts!
HR 3195 will help extend the protections of the Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA) and Section 504 to as many people with disabilities as possible, as
originally intended by the bipartisan Congress that passed the ADA. Recent
Supreme Court decisions have unreasonably narrowed the coverage of these acts,
thereby excluding people who should be covered. This bill is a thoughtful
compromise between disability advocates and the business community (and would
also apply to schools in their application of section 504 to students with
Please call, or at least email, your House representative tomorrow (bill is
expected to come to a vote as early as Wed.) Below is a sample email
message you can use if you like (it's the one I wrote to my
representative). Thanks for your help!!
SAMPLE EMAIL/TALKING POINTS FOR PHONE CALL:
I am writing to urge you to support HR 3195, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008
(sometimes called the ADA Restoration Act), in its present form without
amendments when it comes to a vote (probably within the next week).
This bill helps restore the original intent of the bipartisan Congress that
passed the ADA, namely, to prevent discrimination against children and adults
with disabilities. Recent Supreme Court decisions have unreasonably
narrowed the ADA's coverage, and this bill would restore the proper balance.
(This bill would also apply to section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, which
applies to protect students with disabilities in the school setting.)
This bill is a thoughtful compromise worked out between disability
advocates and the business community, and as such, deserves your support.
Thank you for considering my views.