IT is called the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017. IT was introduced by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX-2) and five co-sponsors (four from CA).
But don’t let the name fool you. The only reforming HR 620 will do is destroy the protections provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
If it weren’t for the ADA, many people with disabilities (PWD) would be excluded from society. PWDs would be largely unable to lead independent lives. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 has been around for 27 years. This means businesses and public accommodations have had 27 years to get their act together.
Now the 63 members of the House of Representatives want to undo the protections of the ADA.
63 members of the House of Representatives want to make it more difficult for PWDs to travel, go to school, shop, work…live.
So I wrote a letter to my representative. I realized that based on the name alone he would vote for it. Who wouldn’t vote for something that provides “education” and “fixes” the ADA! I would. But then, I read these bills a lot closer.
Here is the memo (pdf | html) outlining what it does and its implications.