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Help us stop H.R. 620 and save the ADA – take action now!

Posted by PVA Staff on Feb 12, 2018 12:51:03 PM
H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, also known as the “ADA Notification” bill, will be voted on by the House this Thursday, February 15. Please contact your Representatives now and ask them to vote "NO" on H.R. 620. This bill would weaken the  Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and make it harder for people with disabilities to participate in the mainstream of society.

This bill would essentially strip away the civil rights of people with disabilities by removing any consequence for businesses with architectural barriers that violate the ADA unless and until a person with a disability provides them with a legal notice detailing how the business has violated the law. After that, the person with a disability would have to wait for six months or more for the business to fix the problem. Further, businesses would no longer have to provide access but only to make “progress.”

PVA and the disability community at large need your help to #SaveADA and defeat this bill. We, along with other national organizations have been flooding House offices with letters opposing H.R. 620. Now is the time for constituents to weigh in with their Representatives.

Here are two ways you can take action to help stop H.R. 620:

Today, on National Disability Call-In Day, we encourage you to call your Representative and ask them to vote “no” on H.R. 620.

Tomorrow, on Social Action Day, we need your help flooding social media with stories sharing your personal experiences about not being able to access a store, restaurant, hotel, or other public space because it was not accessible. Your Representative needs to hear those stories! You can tweet at them or post to their Facebook page. You can also comment on their Facebook posts with your story. Please use #NoHR620 and #SaveADA when posting and be sure to tag your representative specifically by including their Twitter or Facebook user name in your post.

Click here for a list of Twitter usernames for Members of Congress.

Download our H.R. 620 Advocacy Toolkit for sample language to use when writing or calling your representative, as well as other resources.

A House Rules Committee hearing has been scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, February 13 at 5:00 p.m. A vote on the House floor is likely to follow on Wednesday or Thursday. We need advocates to take action now to #SaveADA! Don’t let Congress rip the heart out of this section of the ADA.

Click here to read more about the ADA Notification bill and its harmful impact on people with disabilities.

 

Ready to voice your opposition to H.R.620? Share these tweets below now:

As a paralyzed veteran, I strongly oppose #HR620. This bill weakens my civil rights as a

person with a disability and should be stopped. @SpeakerRyan @GOPleader

#NoHR620 #SaveADA #1mission1pva

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Businesses have had enough time to comply with the ADA. As a disabled veteran I should not have to bear the burden of ensuring that businesses in my community are meeting their ADA obligations. #NoHR620 #SaveADA #1mission1pva

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The ill-informed #HR620 requires people with disabilities to jump through many

hoops before they can protect their rights: http://bit.ly/2hSS7zd Tell Congress #NoHR620 #SaveADA

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Topics: Capitol Hill, People With Disabilities

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