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Can We Talk About Disability and Net Neutrality?

Can We Talk About Disability and Net Neutrality?

It seems every month or so there is a new call to action for a new cause.  Whether it’s defeating a racist, pedophile in a Senate race in a very red state (I’m looking at you Roy Moore), or saving healthcare, or saving the internet.  One thing that I notice is that in all these movements and, I guess protests (?), is that no one ever talks about how losing any of these would affect the disabled. At least not really.  It’s usually the disabled population who bring it up.

So I want to share with you a thread which focused on net neutrality and the impact that loss would be on the disabled population.

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What does HR 620 do?

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is a protection that ensures equal access and opportunity to people with disabilties (PWD) in places and services with public accommodations. What this means is that under the ADA, places like schools, businesses and other places opened to and serving the public must be accessible to those with different disabilties. The ADA provides owners and operators with specific guidelines and assistance to become compliant. It also provides several exceptions.

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No to HR 620

No to HR 620

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.

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