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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Autism Society Opposes Bill to Weaken ADA

In The Politics of Autism, I discuss the civil rights of people with autism and other disabilities.

From the Autism Society:
Last month, the House of Representatives passed the ADA Education and Reform Act (H.R. 620) to the dismay of many in the disability community. The bill creates a system whereby individuals whose rights are violated under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) must undergo additional and burdensome hurdles to enforce their civil rights. For nearly 28 years, the ADA has provided pathways for people with disabilities to engage and interact with society. H.R. 620 unravels decades of progress, making it harder for people with disabilities to actively participate in their communities. The Autism Society continues to work with national disability organizations to ensure the Senate fails to pass H.R. 620 or similar legislation. State and local affiliates are encouraged to sign on to a CCD letter urging the Senate not to introduce ADA notification legislation.

Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is preparing a letter to Senators McConnell (R-KY) and Schumer (D-NY) telling them they should not bring forward H.R.620 or any similar bill to the Senate floor. We need help getting additional Senators to sign a letter opposing H.R. 620 or similar measure in the Senate. Please take a minute to call your Senators and ask them to sign-on to the "Duckworth ADA letter protecting the rights of people with disabilities.”