Battle for ADA Restoration Act Heating Up (Dec 10-27 ’07)

Posted on 28 December 2007. Filed under: ADA Restoration Act of 2007, Advocacy |

Will the Deaf community come together to support the ADA Restoration Act of 2007? If you browse around this blog, particularly my posts analyzing and presenting court cases that highlight the importance of the Restoration Act, you will see some of my past arguments on why Deaf people, too should support this important piece of legislation. We have the support we need in the House of Representatives (241 co-sponsors!) but we face an uphill battle to gain the same support in the Senate (only 2 co-sponsors).

Blogging on the ADA Restoration Act has been quiet in the holiday season, but some of the few posts that have gone up since December 10 are well worth reading. Please particularly note that the ADA Restoration blog has been urging people to use the off season to contact their legislators. Please do follow the link and get involved. This legislation will eventually affect all of us, in both the Deaf community and in the disability community generally.

Watching the Clouds with Charlie and Lucy Dec 27 ’07, Planet of the Blind. This blogger talks about the mixed success and failure of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and analyzes the current political picture for the ADA Restoration Act of 2007 in relation to how many presidential candidates have bothered to pay attention to the issue, and in relation to what the ones who are paying attention do say about it. Worth reading for a better understanding of both the promise and the challenge still up ahead for advocates of the Restoration Act.

New Opponents to ADA Restoration Means Stepped up Fight in New Year Dec 19 ’07; the ADA Restoration blog reports that the US Chamber of Commerce, along with many new supporters, have been stepping up their opposition to the ADA Restoration Act. The fight to protect the ADA will resume with fervor in the New Year. Meanwhile, those of you with a few minutes free time on your hands can make good use of the Congressional recess. Follow the link for suggestions for how ordinary people like YOU can help. (The only qualification you need to get involved is that you have an opinion.)

Governor Richardson Answers Candidate Questions! Dec 12 ’07, The Grapevine Revisited. If you scroll all the way down this transcript of answers from presidential candidate Governor Bill Richardson, you’ll see that he gives brief responses on the ADA Restoration Act. (See Questions 10 b. and c. near the bottom.) Specifically, he says “The ADA has been seriously weakened by Supreme Court decisions. I promise to support the ADA Restoration Act to ensure the civil rights of all people with disabilities.” And in response to the question, “What steps will you take to protect the diminishment of the civil rights protections under the ADA?”, he says, “Appointing the appropriate Supreme Court Justices will be an important step in the right direction. People with disabilities are entitled to the same civil rights as all Americans. I strongly support the civil rights of people with disabilities, not only because it’s the right thing to do but because it’s the only thing to do.” Also see his response in 11 a. (very bottom of the page) in which he supports US ratification of the international disability rights treaty (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities).

Tuesday Quick Hits Hot Policy Topics The Arc of North Carolina Policy Blog, Dec 11 ’07. If you scroll down the page, you’ll see a brief update on the situation with the ADA 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 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.


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