Hertiage Foundation, Others, Oppose ADA Restoration Act
Have you been sitting quietly on the sidelines watching the ADA Restoration Act work its way through congress? The Deaf community and others cannot afford complacency in this battle. Large organizations such as the Heritage Foundation have now come out strongly against the Restoration Act. And many bloggers have followed suit in blogging against the ADA Restoration Act. That means it’s time for Deaf people to take action. And also for people–deaf or hearing, with or without disabilities–to write to their senators.
I’m looking for people (deaf or hearing, I don’t care) to please help by writing good rebuttals to some of the arguments used by the Heritage Foundation, the US Chamber of Commerce, or some of the bloggers around the web. If you can help out, please contact me at ashettle [at] patriot.net and I’d be happy to post your response at Reunify Gally. First, browse as many of the links below as you have the time or interest for:
Tell Your Representatives to Support the ADA Restoration Act Jan 31 ’08, Crip Chronicles. Presents a letter from the Association on Higher Education and Disability supporting the Restoration Act, with quotes from the recent House testimony on the legislation. Links to further information on the bill and to a web page that can help you contact your legislators. Worth reading.
Not Everybody is Working for the Passage of the ADA Restoration Act Jan 31 ’08, blogger Ron Graham at Access Ability reminds readers that, even though most Americans with disabilities see the ADA Restoration Act as “obviously” correct, many others are working hard against it. He summarizes and links to some of the key opposition. All the more reason why supporters of the Restoration Act should write to your senators!
ADA Restoration Act making way through congress Jan 31 ’08, Greg links to a story about an electrician who was fired after his employer discovered he had a disability even though he had already been successfully performing at his job for 20 years. (Another story about the same man was also posted here.) Makes the case for why we should support the Restoration Act. Encourages other workers with disabilities to consider starting their own companies as an alternate path to employment.
ADA Restoration Act The HR Cafe, Jan 31 ’08. Links to the Heritage Foundation letter opposing the ADA Restoration, and links to a letter from the ACLU supporting the Restoration, then opens up discussion for Human Resources personnel at various companies.
Hurting by Helping: The Law of Unintended Consequences Jan 30 ’08, Jottings by an Employer’s Lawyer. This one argues that the ADA Restoration Act could end up hurting Americans with disabilities more than it helps. But there is an interesting rebuttal in the comments. If anyone reading this has further rebuttals, please send them to me and I’d be happy to post them at ReunifyGally.
Americans with Disabilities Restoration 30 Jan ’08, Ohio Employer’s Law Blog; This blog post presents arguments AGAINST the Restoration Act. Most other writers opposed to the law tend to present arguments that are very poorly informed or else rooted in exagerated assumptions. This argument is better thought-out than most opposition that I have seen so far. Of course, one would expect that an EMPLOYER’S blog would tend to end up against the Restoration Act, in about the same way one would expect most disabled people, like me, to respectfully disagree. If anyone reading this has a good rebuttal for them, I’d be interested in posting it here at ReunifyGally: please contact me at ashettle [at] patriot.net.
Witnesses Call on House Labor Committee to Pass ADA Restoration Act Jan 30 ’08, the Road to Freedom blog reports on the recent Jan 29 hearing held by the Education and Labor Committee in the House of Representatives. Also has links to further information about the Road to Freedom road trip across the country bringing information about the ADA and the Restoration Act to local communities across the United States.
ADA Restoration Hearing in House Ed & Labor — Who Showed Up and What Went Down Jan 29 ’08, the Justice For All blog reports on what happened at the Jan 29 ’08 House Hearing, with a list of all the representatives who showed up (both Democrats and Republicans were represented) and a summary of the testimony. WELL WORTH READING. This could also be a good reference to use when discussing the ADA Restoration Act with anyone who opposes it because it helps correct some common misunderstandings.
The ADA Restoration Act: What We All Need to Know Jan 29 ’08, Planet for the Blind reports on some of the fierce opposition against the ADA Restoration Act and provides an accurate, good quality summary from Scott Lissner of the ADA Restoration Act and its probable effects. The full text of the ADA Restoration Act is also presented here.
Important Diabetes Legislation Jan 29 ’08; DiabetesAuthor points out that court mis-interpretations of the Americans with Disabilities Act have been particularly harmful to people with diabetes and urges readers to contact their legislators.
Debate Over Bill Broadening ADA Coverage Jan 29 ’08, Lawyers USA points to arguments on both sides of the ADA Restoration Act. However, although everyone will be able to follow links to articles arguing against the Restoration Act (or read a summation of their main points on this page), only subscribers to Lawyers USA will be able to access articles presenting pro-ADA Restoration arguments (with no summation here). I think the authors of this blog site were genuinely trying to be balanced, but the resulting effect has sadly fallen short.
Kline Lacks Support for Disabled Jan 29 ’08; the “Dump John Kline” blog argues that Kline “turns his back on our veterans with disabilities” by failing to support the ADA Restoration Act. Urges readers to contact Kline. Links to information about the Jan 29 ’08 House hearings on the ADA Restoration Act.
ADA Restoration Act: Undermining the Employee-Employer Relationship Jan 28 ’08, Heritage Foundation. In case you were complacently assuming that everyone supports the ADA Restoration Act (after all, most people with disabilities do), here is a long editorial lambasting the legislation. Unfortunately it is based in part on a distorted understanding of the actual original intent of both the Americans with Disabilities Act and the ADA Restoration Act itself. ANY KNOWLEDEGABLE INDIVIDUALS ABLE TO WRITE A THOUGHTFUL REBUTTAL is urged to please submit your essays to me at ashettle [at] patriot.net and I would be delighted to publish it here at ReunifyGally.
Does the ADA Need Restoration? Jan 28 ’08; George’s Employment Blawg also takes a position against the ADA Restoration Act. PLEASE SUBMIT THOUGHTFUL, WELL-INFORMED REBUTTALS to me at ashettle [at] patriot.net and I would be delighted to publish it at ReunifyGally.
ADA in Balance: New Legislation Jan 26 ’08, FridaWrites points out that even non-disabled people should care about the ADA Restoration Act because anyone could become disabled at any time; links to information on the Restoration Act and how you can take action (most of which have also been featured here at ReunifyGally).
We’re So Close Now: Critical Days for ADA Jan 25 ’08, the ADA Restoration blog has an ACTION ALERT! for how YOU can help get the ADA Restoration Act passed. Even if you’ve already written to your representatives and senators, it can be worth writing them again.
PLEASE make an ASL vlog (or a written blog, if you like) on the ADA Restoration Act! If you do, I’d be delighted to link to you!
CCD has compiled an excellent collection of materials on the ADA and on the ADA Restoration Act of 2007, so it’s well worth following their link to www.c-c-d.org/ada. If you’re still new to the subject, this can help you understand why the ADA Restoration Act is critical to pass and why we should all be involved.
See my continually-updated list of blog entries from all over the web about the ADA Restoration Act of 2007, always available from the top navigation bar at “On the ADA Restoration Act.”
See examples of specific court cases that have served to undermine the spirit and intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act: click on “ADA Court Cases” under “categories” in the right-hand navigation bar. I still have one more ADA Court Caseto post in the coming few weeks.
Also, don’t miss these links: One group of activists has posted a short list of simple ideas of things you can do to help get the Restoration Act passed. And do check out the ADA Restoration Blog for updates. Or browse through background information on the ADA Restoration Act. Or contact your legislators. It is particularly important to write letters to your senators.