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Action Alert: Issue a Press Release and Contact the Press about H.R. 620!

The House of Representatives is planning to vote on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Education and Reform Act (H.R. 620) NEXT WEEK. Please, take action now!

See yesterday’s alert for more information.

CILs, SILCs, Associations, and other organizations: Please issue a press release and contact the press about H.R. 620! You can use and customize the template below.

Be sure to update the text in [brackets] throughout the template before release. The template is also available in Word and plain text.

Press Release Template

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

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Disability Community to Hold Congress Accountable for Attacking the ADA

CITY, STATE — On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, the political action committee Disability Action for America released a statement in opposition of the so-called ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620). This harmful legislation would undermine the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the landmark civil rights law for disabled Americans.

Do not be misled by the name of this bill; this bill is not an attempt to educate or reform, but an unabashed attempt by Congress to undermine the ADA and discriminate against individuals the ADA was meant to protect by allowing public accommodations to remain inaccessible. Furthermore, this bill would force people with disabilities to jump through bureaucratic hoops to secure the same rights that were promised to them under the ADA 28 years ago. 

Disability Action for America’s call to action highlights the importance of holding incumbents responsible for “ripping away disabled people’s rights to access public accommodations,” stating, “it’s our time to defeat and unseat elected officials who refuse to promote disability rights, and repeatedly commit disability wrongs. Last year, we exerted our power through protest: Let’s make 2018 the year that demonstrates the power of the disability vote!”

Disability Action for America is calling upon people with disabilities to hold their members of Congress accountable for threatening the rights of disabled Americans. The National Council on Independent Living and [LOCAL CIL NAME] fully support this call to action and will continue to fight with our community against the unjust treatment of Americans with Disabilities.

“We recognize there are problems with unscrupulous lawyers who pursue lawsuits to make a quick buck, but this bill won’t solve that problem,” said Kelly Buckland, Executive Director of the National Council on Independent Living. “We tried to work with Congress to find a real solution that won’t undercut our rights but they slammed the door in our face.”

Locally, Representative [REP NAME] is supporting this destructive bill. [LOCAL CIL] urges all disabled people in this district to contact Representative [REP NAME] to be clear that the disability community will hold those who vote in support of H.R. 620 accountable for deliberately seeking to restrict the ability for persons with disabilities to fight for their rights in court.

“Members of the House will apparently have the opportunity to vote on this destructive bill, but we will have the opportunity to vote in November,” said [CIL REP]. “We won’t forget and will urge people with disabilities in our community to vote for the Congressional candidate who supports their rights.”

Disability Action for America (Full Statement): http://www.disabilityactionusa.com/2018/02/07/action-needed-to-save-the-americans-with-disabilities-act/

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