Learning About the ADA Restoration Act
In looking around the web, I came across a resource that could be helpful for anyone seeking to enhance their understanding of the ADA Restoration Act of 2007 and why we need it. At the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Rights Task Force, you can find
- The full text of both the House version (HR 3195) and the Senate version (S 1881) of the bill;
- Speeches about the ADA Restoration Act that reflect some of the thinking behind the introduction of the bill;
- Talking points that you can draw upon when writing or calling your legislators about the bill–or you could also draw upon these if you write a letter complaining to the US Chamber of Commerce for their attack on the bill.
- Stories of specific court cases in which the courts undermined the true intent of the ADA. In one case, the court went so far in trying to deny civil rights protections to a client with cognitive impairments that it came out with this sentence: “It is unclear whether thinking, communicating and social interaction are ‘major life activities’ under the ADA.”
- Links to reports and documents from the National Council on Disability about the successes–and failures–of the Americans with Disabilities Act and where we should go next
- Background information on the ADA itself.
If you’re looking for general resources on the ADA Restoration Act of 2007 (HR 3195, S 1881), then don’t overlook the ADA Restoration Act blog. You can also see my running list of blog posts on the ADA Restoration Act from around the web.