Protesting the Attack on the ADA
The ADA Restoration Act blog has made two new posts since my last update. They’re worth checking out, but especially for those of you who are upset that the US Chamber of Commerce has attacked the ADA Restoration Act of 2007. (See my earlier blog post on this topic) The two following posts can help guide you in the most effective way for us to respond.
And we should be responding. The US Chamber of Commerce represents 3 million businesses. That’s more than 3 million potential employers of Deaf people and people with disabilities. That’s more than 3 million businesses that are basically saying, through the US Chamber of Commerce, that they are more worried about protecting themselves from “frivolous law suits” than they are about protecting your right to a fair and equal chance to be hired for jobs for which you are fully qualified and capable of doing. These are employers who are convinced that people with disabilities just want to milk them for lawsuit money. These are employers who don’t understand that we’re not asking for guaranteed jobs. We’re only asking for a chance to show what we can do before they turn us down.
Follow the links for more information on what you can do:
Sample Letter to Chamber of Commerce at the ADA Restoration Act blog, Aug 30 ’07. Want to protest the US Chamber of Commerce’s attack on the ADA Restoration Act? At a loss what to write in your letter? Follow the link to see a suggested sample letter.
More Action Steps in Response to US Chamber of Commerce at the ADA Restoration Act blog, Aug 29 ’07. Advocates across the country have been starting to write letters of complaint to the US Chamber of Commerce regarding their opposition to the ADA Restoration Act. The ADA Restoration Act blog points out that your letters to the US Chamber of Commerce can also serve double duty — if you send a copy of these letters (cc:) to your legislators, then it could serve as one more reminder to them that you care deeply about ensuring that the rights of people with disabilities are protected under the law.
NOTE: Yes, these posts are now included in my updated list of blog posts on the ADA Restoration Act. Please blog about this issue, too. Then come here and give me the full URL link to your blog post. I’d be delighted to link to you.