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NCIL Submits Letter Opposing the ADA Education and Reform Act

On July 26, 2017, millions of people with disabilities throughout this country celebrated the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Unfortunately, many in the business community decided to celebrate the anniversary by diminishing this historic civil rights legislation through a letter of support for the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620). Their letter supporting this extremely dangerous legislation, which was sent to Congress, was titled It’s Time to Restore the Integrity of the ADA (PDF).

NCIL wrote a response to their letter, which was signed by 171 organizations and sent to Representatives Paul Ryan (Speaker of the House) and Nancy Pelosi (Minority Leader) on October 4, 2017. 

H.R. 620 was introduced by Representative Ted Poe of Texas in the 115th Congress. It would create significant obstacles for people with disabilities to enforce their rights under Title III of the ADA to access public accommodations and would impede their ability to engage in daily activities and participate in mainstream society.

NCIL and our allies will continue to fight this dangerous bill.

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