The Disability Amendment
- The National Disability Party
Paul Cannaday, President
4971 Wixson, Croswell, MI 48422
Home Phone (810) 679-0236
For Immediate Release.
01/31/2002 8:58 PM
The National Disability Party (NDP), in collaboration with the
Disability Caucus and Disable Network, announces a US Constitution
Amendment named, "The Disability Rights Amendment."
Why do we need a Constitutional Amendment for people with
disabilities? People with disabilities have been stripped on all
human rights from the time the authors drafted the Constitution.
The question, "why", seems self explanatory. Nevertheless, the
community of people with disability have had many accomplished laws
on the books that are not obeyed or left up to interpretation
prejudicial legislators, adjudicators, and many US Presidents. For
examples, Individual with Disabilities Act, 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disability Act have been
carved up by each branch the United States Government. Meanwhile,
people with disability are hurting for basic needs.
The actual Amendment reads as follows:
Disability Rights Amendment
``SECTION 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or
abridged by the United States or by any State on account of mental,
cognitive, physical, psychological or emotional disability.
``SECTION 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by
appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
``SECTION 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the
date of ratification.''
The above portion will be inserted into US Constitution after
ratifying state in the union. What the Disability community needs
to decide is Section 2, "appropriate legislation."
NDP mailing list will gather appropriate legislation and vote on
it. Since NDP is state delegation and disability causes this will
assist the ratifying process of the Amendment without difficulty. To
join NDP mailing list go to http://disabilityparty.com
Weekly updates will be on the Disability Grapevine Free On-line
Daily Newspaper at: http://disabilitygrapevine.com
We need every disability group for their input. We also need every
state in the union to assist in ratifying this Amendment. Please