Latest News on ADA Restoration: Blogging Round-Up Feb 1-7, 2008

Posted on 7 February 2008. Filed under: ADA Restoration Act of 2007, Advocacy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In this post you will find links to information about what the major presidential candidates say about disability (and deaf) rights issues; more information about the growing opposition against the ADA Restoration Act and people’s responses to it; links to blogs that can help you learn more about the ADA Restoration Act; and an important piece of news from the US Senate! Browse and enjoy:

Disability Rights and Presidental Candidates Feb 7 ’08, Wilbrod the Gnome. Worth reading for anyone who wants to understand where the presidential candidates stand on disability rights, particularly Obama and Clinton, but also with a mention of McCain at the end. The blogger clearly comes out in favor of Obama. Read and decide for yourself.

ADA Restoration Act: What’s the Fuss Feb 6 ’08, Wilbrod the Gnome. If you’re looking for short, move on. But if you’re looking for a thougthful defense of the Restoration Act, along with a quote from Sen. Tom Harkins, some personal stories by the blogger (who is deaf), and speculation on why employers discriminate … then follow the link.

Companies would not have to worry about ADA Restoration If Feb 6 ’08, Jim’s DEEP Thoughts. Links to information about ADA court cases that help highlight the need for the Restoration Act. Some already have been featured here at ReunifyGally, but the stories he links to provides detail not available here (and vice versa), and there are also some additional stories not featured here yet. Worth checking out.

ADA Restoration Act of 2007 (HR 3195) Feb 6 ’08, Jim’s DEEP Thoughts. Links to the full text of the Restoration Act; to information about the Act; to statements of support for the Act; and to information about organizations that oppose it. It’s worth checking these links out.

Restore Employment and Education Rights for Adults and Children with ADHD Feb 5 ’08, Your ADD/ADHD News. Urges adults with attention deficit disorder, and parents of children with ADHD, to support the ADA Restoration Act. This post makes it sound like the Restoration Act will affect people in both employment and also in educational settings. In actual practice, the Restoration Act is far more likely to make a difference in defending against discrimination in employment. Most court interpretations undermining the original ADA have attacked cases relating to Title I (employment); Title III (public accommodations) have not been damaged in this fashion. But this post does link to further information about both the ADA and the Restoration Act and also links to tools you can use to help you take action.

Barack Obama’s Disability Rights Plan Feb 4 ’08. Livejournal blogger posts the full text of Obama’s 9-page Disability Rights Plan. Among other things, he supports ADA Restoration. (I would also be interested in linking to the full texts of any equivalent plans from any of the other presidential candidates. If anyone reading this knows of anything, please either post a comment below or email me at ashettle [at] patriot.net.)

Congress and the Disabled–More Harm than Help Feb 2 ’08, Rambling of Disabled Housewife. More blogging opposed to the Restoration Act, once again based more on hysteria and alarmism than on an accurate understanding of the legislation. (The common tactic used is to try to claim that the Restoration Act would allow millions of Americans to start abusing the ADA by demanding outrageous and blatantly unreasonable “accommodations” for the flu, or a sprained ankle. Read the letter from representatives Hoyer and Sensenbrenner for rebuttal.

ADA Restoration Action Center Feb 2 ’08, Cappaca Resource blog. Links to the petition from the Road to Freedom supporting the ADA Restoration Act. (If you use the petition, be sure to cut it down — personally I think it’s too long; and also be sure to rewrite as much as possible into your own words because legislators will take you more seriously if you do.) Also encourages people to share your own stories about how the ADA has worked for you, or how it has failed you.

New Senate Co-Sponsor Feb 1 ’08. The ADA Restoration blog reports that, at last!, we can count up to three Senate co-sponsors for the Restoration Act: the newest co-sponsor is Ted Stevens, a Republican from Alaska. (Tell THAT to anyone who tries to claim that “only a democrat” would support the Restoration Act.)

Today, we turn our attention to discrimination based on disability Feb 1 ’08, Unbossed quotes from some of the testimony the Jan 29 full committee House hearing on the ADA Restoration Act and links to a web page where you can find all the witness testimonies.

Enabling the Americans with Disabilities Act April 15, 2007, Unbossed. Yes, that’s April 15, and that’s not a typo. Why am I linking to something so old? Because it’s worth reading. It explains why the Restoration Act is needed, and links to a speech by one of its authors. It’s a nice counterpoint to the fresh opposition that has cropped up against the legislation.




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.

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