ADA Restoration Act Jan 10-24 ’08, Blogging Round-Up
The most significant news on the ADA Restoration Act is that there will be a hearing in the House of Representatives to discuss the bill on January 29. Several blog posts from around the web talk about the hearing and encourage voters–meaning, YOU–to write your representatives and encourage them to attend the hearing. This is particularly important for members of the House Committee on Education and Labor because the hearing will be a chance for them to learn more about the bill and why it is important to pass the ADA Restoration Act.
Other posts on the ADA Restoration Act highlight stories of discrimination (toward a deaf woman and toward a woman with physical disabilities); and a New York Times article debates whether the ADA is as effective as its supporters claim. Browse one or a few of the following listed posts, then please do contact your representatives to encourage them to attend the January 29 hearing. Also write to your senators to ask them to sign on as a co-sponsor for the ADA Restoration Act.
MLK Road to Freedom and the ADA Restoration Act Jan 24 ’08, UCC Disabilities Ministries acknowledges Martin Luther King Day with a photo gallery of the recently completed Road to Freedom tour in which a group of advocates criss-crossed the country to hold local outreach events educating the public about the ADA Restoration Act.
Another Story Illustrating Why We Need the ADA Restoration Act Jan 24 ’08, Growing up with a Disability shares two recent stories of discrimination (one toward a deaf woman who tried to order food from a drive-through window, another toward a woman unable to use her hands who was refused service because she tried to give her credit card with her foot).
Action Alert on ADA Hearing Jan 23 ’08, the RT blog lists all the members of the House Committee of Education and Labor, complete with their phone numbers. Check the list for YOUR representatives, call up their office, and say you would like to encourage them to please attend the upcoming hearing on the ADA Restoration Act scheduled for January 29 ’08.
January co-sponsors Jan 23 ’08, the ADA Restoration blog reports that two members of the House have now added their names as co-sponsors for the ADA Restoration Act, bringing the total up to 243.
House Ed Labor Hearing Details Jan 23 ’08, the ADA Restoration blog gives more detail on the upcoming House hearing on the ADA Restoration Act, to be held on Jan 29.
Unintended Consequences Jan 20 ’08, A disturbing article in the New York Times asks whether the Americans with Disabilities Act might have backfired by actually giving some employers and other individuals MORE incentive, not less, to discriminate.
Upcoming Hearings in House Jan 19 ’08, the Entrophy Fighter reminds readers of the upcoming hearing on the ADA Restoration Act and encourages people (meaning YOU!) to contact your representatives to encourage them to attend.
Hearing Rescheduled Jan 18 ’08, the ADA Restoration blog announces that the hearing on the ADA Restoration Act in the House Committee on Education and Labor has now been rescheduled to January 29, 2008. Do contact committee members to encourage them to attend (follow the link to learn how).
Update: Hearing Postponement January 10 ’08, the ADA Restoration blog announces that the hearing in the House Committee on Education and Labor on the ADA Restoration Act has been postponed–but will be rescheduled for sometime later in January. Meanwhile, the ADA Restoration blog still encourages readers to contact members of the House Committee to urge them to attend the hearing when it does occur. Follow the link for more details on how to contact members and how to stay informed of the latest news related to 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 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 two 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. It is particularly important to write letters to your senators.