Senate Hearing on the ADA Restoration Act: Blogging Round-up Nov 14 to 21

Posted on 21 November 2007. Filed under: ADA Restoration Act of 2007, Advocacy, Audism | Tags: , , , , , , |

The Senate recently held a hearing on the ADA Restoration Act. Unfortunately, that hearing has not been made fully accessible to deaf and hard of hearing people (write letters to the organizers to complain!). For one thing, the broadcast has not been captioned.

But Deaf and hard of hearing people, as well as people with central auditory processing disorders etc., can still get a rough idea what happened on the Nov 15 hearing by reading some of the many summaries that have been posted around the blogosphere summarizing what happened. If you are particularly enthused to read all the details, then see “Summary of ADA Restoration Act Senate Hearing” from Workplace Horizons which has links to some of the written testimony from people who spoke either for or against the Restoration Act.

Here is a full listing of all the blog posts I could find on the ADA Restoration Act within the past week:

Will the Americans with Disabilities Act be Amended Nov 21 ’07, Connecticut Employment Law Blog. This blog seems to have sympathetic leanings toward business owners who oppose the Restoration Act. But it does give a credible summary of activities to date on the legislation, including some links to coverage elsewhere.

Day in Washington Podcast #14(b) – Senate ADA Restoration Hearing Nov 20 ’07, Day in Washington. Follow the link for a podcast covering the Nov 15 Senate hearing on the ADA Restoration Act. You can either listen to the podcast or scroll down to the bottom of the page at Day in Washington to read the transcript. You will also see links here to older podcasts on the ADA Restoration Act; Day in Washington generally provides transcripts for these podcasts in the comments area so deaf people (or people with central auditory processing disorders, etc.) can simply scroll down the page to see them.

ADA Restoration Moving Forward Nov 20 ’07, the Disability Nation offers a summary of the Nov 15 senate hearing and an “audio magazine” broadcast on the hearing. For deaf people and other individuals who were wondering: yes, transcripts of the broadcast are available in both PDF and Word format.

Support from Broader Civil Rights Community Nov 20 ’07, ADA Restoration blog. It’s not just the disability community advocating for the ADA Restoration Act any more. The Americans for Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR–this link leads to a PDF file) have now both urged Senators to support the legislation.

Your Help is Needed to Restore the ADA Nov 19 ’07, the Atlanta Alliance on Developmental Disabilities summarizes the Nov 15 Senate hearing on the ADA Restoration Act and urgers readers to contact their senators.

ADA Restoration Act in Senate Nov 18 ’07, the Entrophy Fighter urges readers to ask their Senators to co-sponsor the ADA Restoration Act. Follow the link to read their arguments–and to see further links to web sites (including ReunifyGally) that can help you learn more about the legislation.

ADA on Alert Nov 17 ’07, Down the MS Path. On why readers should support the ADA Restoration Act. Urges people to call their legislators to support HR 3195 (for congressional represenatives) or S. 1881 (for Senators).

Not Sick Enough: How a Bizarre Catch 22 Has Gutted Disability Protection in America Nov 16 ’07. Yet another post analyzing the irony of the Stephen Orr case–the pharmacist with diabetes who needed only a simple accommodation (a scheduled half-hour break for lunch each day) to maintain his health and serve his customers well, but was fired for having diabetes.

Summary of ADA Restoration Act Senate Hearing Nov 16 ’07, Workplace Horizons. Another summary of what happened at the Nov 15 Senate hearing on the ADA Restoration Act, with links to written testimony from people who spoke at the hearing. Some of the witnesses spoke for the Restoration Act, some against it.

Restoring the rights of Americans with Disabilities Nov 16 ’07, Easter Seals and Autism. Follow the link to read a first-hand, eye-witness account of what happened at the Senate hearings on Nov 15.

Americans Diabetic Association Calls for End to Worker Discrimination Nov 16 ’07, Fox 26 in Alexandria Virginia reports on yet another reiteration from American Diabetic Association of their support for the ADA Restoration Act. A diabetic man testified at the Nov 15 Senate hearing.

ACLU Commends Senate Committee for Support of ADA Restoration Act Nov 15 ’07, the American Civil Liberties Union commends the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee for holding a hearing on the ADA Restoration Act to examine the shortfall of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the importance of the Restoration Act.

Your Help is Needed Nov 15 ’07, the Northeast Pennsylvania Center for Independent Living urges readers to ask their senators to support the ADA Restoration Act and advises how. The emphasize the need for bipartisan support–meaning, it is important to recruit not only democrat but also republication senators.

Ada Hearing in Senate: What Went Down Nov 15 ’07, ADA Restoration blog; as the title says: a summary of the recent hearing on the ADA Restoration Act in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. Unfortunately, only two senators attended–but the ADA Restoration blog argues that the hearings nevertheless delivered strong arguments into the congressional records to support the need for the Restoration act.


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. (The tool I link to here for contacting your legislators will look up your senators/representative for you when you enter your zip code then it makes it easier for you to write a quick email to them. It also gives a brief backgrounder on the ADA Restoration Act for people who need a refresher.)

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Thanks for your thorough listing and the shout out. Although our blog is geared to HR professionals and in-house people, particularly in Connecticut, it attempts to provide readers with information to make informed decisions, not to provide political commentary. I’ll leave it to bloggers like you who have spent far more time on this bill to debate whether its “good” or “bad”.


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