Another Sample Letter to Senators on ADA Restoration Act
Have YOU written to YOUR senators to ask them to support the ADA Restoration Act?
If you have been paying attention, then you know by now that the ADA Restoration Act is an important piece of legislation that is meant to repair the damage that courts have done to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. This bill is important to all Deaf and disabled Americans. If you’re still learning about the legislation, then you will find some helpful links at the bottom of this post that will lead you to resources to educate yourself further.
If you’ve been thinking of writing to your senators but weren’t sure what to write, then here is a sample letter to give you some ideas. However, you can further strengthen the impact of YOUR letter in the following ways:
1. Have you experienced discrimination from an employer as a Deaf person, or on the basis of a (real or perceived) disability? Then write about your experience. Especially helpful are experiences from people who tried to seek justice but lost their legal protection because the courts tried to claim that you weren’t “disabled enough” to deserve protection.
2. PERSONALIZE your email. Don’t just use a form letter. Letters to legislators always receive more attention when you USE YOUR OWN WORDS. This helps prove to them that this issue is very important to you, personally–enough that you took the time and energy to think carefully about what to say in your letter. Not sure your English is good? Don’t worry about it. It is better to have a personally written letter with weak grammar (as long as it is still CLEAR and easy to understand) than a letter in perfect English that is exactly the same as 100 other form letters.
In order to prepare this email, I used the tool at
This web site helps explain the ADA Restoration Act; will look up your senators for you based on your zip code; allows you to fill out a form with your address and your email.
Please become a co-sponsor of S. 1881 – the ADA Restoration Act.
This bill is vital for strengthening the ADA so people with disabilties can have full legal protection against discrimination.
Too often, people with disabilities who experience discrimination from employers and other parties then find they are unable to obtain proper justice or compensation through the courts. This is largely because the Courts have chosen to distract attention from the behavior of employers in favor of spending court time, and taxpayer money, splitting hairs over whether activities like thinking or sleeping count as “major life activities.”
What matters is not “who is disabled” but “When this employer chose to not hire/fire/discipline this worker, was that or was it not unfair discrimination?” The ADA Restoration Act will clarify the language of the ADA to ban discrimination on the basis of disability, not against individuals with disabilities. This language will hopefully make the courts start addressing the discriminatory actions that are taking place, as the original ADA intended.
This bi-partisan legislation, which was re-introduced on July 26, 2007 (the 17th anniversary of the ADA) in both the House & Senate, is urgently needed to restore the ADA’s original intent and ensure that individuals with disabilities are members of a protected class under the law.
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 a few more ADA Court Cases 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.