ADA Restoration Act Blogging Round-Up, Feb 11-28 ’08

Posted on 29 February 2008. Filed under: ADA Restoration Act of 2007, Advocacy |

Here’s a mix of blog posts — the top three are particularly good: On why it isn’t fair to ask disabled Americans to keep waiting for access and employment; a strong response from the National Council on Disability to a recent spate of opposition to the ADA Restoration Act; and a podcast with quotes from the Jan 29 House hearing on the Restoration Act.

Still learning about the ADA Restoration Act and why it’s important for ordinary people like you to get involved? Scroll to the bottom for a collection of links that can help.

Disability rights advocate Bender speaks up for passage of ADA Restoration Act Feb 21 ’08, Access Ability. Calls attention to an article by Joyce Bender, entitled The Waiting Game Must End for People with Disabilities. Once upon a time, in Martin Luther King’s era, black people were told to “wait” for equality. Bender explains why disabled people shouldn’t be expected to wait either.

NCD Responds to ADA Restoration Critics Feb 15 ’08, JFA Activist: an important read for anyone who has been angered or concerned about recent opposition to the ADA Restoration Act. The National Council on Disability prepared this fact sheet in response to inaccuracies and distortions about the ADA Restoration Act that has been perpetuated by some of its opponents.

Day in Washington Podcast #19 (January House ADA Restoration Hearing) Feb 18 ’08, Day in Washington posts a podcast about the January 29 ’08 House hearing on the ADA Restoration Act. Worth checking for the quotes from, and commentaries on, the witness testimonies. Follow the link to listen to the podcast, or they also have the full transcript toward the bottom of their page.

Elected Representatives Respond re ADA Restoration Act Feb 13 ’08, Crip Chronicles wrote to hir/his/her legislators urging their support for the ADA Restoration Act and all of them responded–see the summary of their reactions.

ADA: One Blogger asked me a question Feb 12 ’08, Jim’s DEEP Thoughts wonders how we can avoid non-disabled workers trying to abuse the ADA.

ADA Restoration Act: The Fix Needs Fixing Feb 12 ’08, Workers Comp Insider: this author agrees that courts have damaged the Americans with Disabilities Act as it was originally intended, but thinks that the ADA Restoration Act meant to fix it is itself in need of fixing.

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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 eight 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.

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.

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