ADA Restoration Act of 2007: Keeping Yourself Informed!
Perhaps the single most important piece of Deaf or disability-related US federal legislation the Americans with Disabilities Restoration Act of 2007. If you’ve been keeping up with either the news or with Deaf and disability blogs, then you know that the ADA Restoration Act of 2007 is meant to rescue the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Courts have been increasingly narrowing the intended scope of the ADA and weakening its power. For example, courts have insisted that a person can only be protected by the ADA if his or her impairment cannot be “corrected” by medications or accommodations and devices such as–get this–hearing aids. And I’ve explained in earlier blog posts some other reasons why the ADA Restoration Act matters and why YOUR words about it matter too.
When important things happen, we follow it closely in the news. Most of you probably followed events like those of September 11, 2001, very closely when they occurred. And those of you who came to this blog via DeafRead.com probably used DeafRead.com to follow the important events occurring on Gallaudet University’s campus in October 2006 and before. Or you may be closely following the activities of the Deaf Bilingual Coalition now. If you haven’t already been closely tracking the ADA Restoration Act of 2007, then I encourage you to start. In browsing around the Internet, I discovered that there is now a blog that makes it easy–go here, and add this blog page to both your blog roll and to your RSS Feed:
(If you look carefully at the right hand column of this page under all the blog roll links, you’ll see that I made extra sure that no one coming to this web site can overlook the new ADA Restoration Act blog site!)
What else can you do about the ADA Restoration Act of 2007?
Well, if you haven’t already, you can sign the petition at http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/adawatch/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=589&t=roadtofreedom.dwt. BE SURE to use the comments area at the bottom to add your own personal message about why you support the ADA Restoration Act. This would be an excellent opportunity to explain any incidents you have experienced in which the ADA in its current form failed to protect your rights.
For more ideas on what you can do, either go to http://adarestoration.blogspot.com/ and look around. Or, if you’re looking for a more simple guide on what to do, check out a list of five simple things you can do right now at http://roadtofreedom.org/cs/what_you_can_do
Still have energy left over? Have a blog of your own? Write a blog entry about the ADA Restoration Act of 2007! If you don’t have the time or energy to generate anything original, then simply link to either this blog post right here, or encourage people to go to any of the links I list in this post.