The House of Representatives is planning to vote on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Education and Reform Act (H.R. 620) next week!
That means we only have a week to stop this terrible bill.
Take Action Now!
Contact your Representative today and urge them to vote NO on H.R. 620. All Representatives can be reached through the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 224-3091 (TTY). You can find additional contact information and direct numbers at contactingcongress.org ( http://www.contactingcongress.org/ ). You can also use Resistbot ( https://resistbot.io/ ) to turn texts into faxes, mail, or hand-delivered letters, fax your members of Congress (use faxzero.com to find their fax number), or contact your Representative on social media with contact information from Contacting Congress ( https://contactingcongress.org/ ).
Keep your message simple. Use the background information below to discuss the dangers of this bill, and share your personal stories about how the ADA provides you greater access to your community! And, let them know that their disabled constituents will be watching how they vote and will hold them accountable!
Note: All Representatives need to hear from us, but we have included a list of particularly important targets below.
H.R. 620 would create additional barriers to seeing our rights enforced under the ADA and make it harder to participate in mainstream society. Importantly, H.R. 620 would not solve the problems it claims to address. It would not stop fraudulent lawsuits or demand letters, but it would weaken the civil rights of people with disabilities! Moreover, it would eliminate any reason for businesses to comply with the ADA unless they receive a legal notice first. You can find additional information by looking at the following resources:
- NCIL’s letter opposing H.R. 620, signed by 507 organizations ( http://www.advocacymonitor.com/letter-opposing-the-ada-education-and-reform-act/ )
- CCD and allies letter - PDF ( http://www.c-c-d.org/fichiers/UPDATED-CCD-and-Allies-Letter-of-Opposition-for-The-ADA-Education-and-Reform-Act-of-2017-H.R.620-Sept-7-2017.pdf )
- CCD H.R. 620 myth / trust document - PDF ( http://www.c-c-d.org/fichiers/Myths-and-Truths-About-the-ADA-Education-and-ReformAct-FINAL-7-21-17.pdf )
Reminder: all Representatives need to hear from us, but the Representatives listed below are especially urgent targets.
- New Mexico
Alabama: Terri Sewell (Cosponsor)
Arizona: Kyrsten Sinema (Cosponsor)
- Pete Aguilar (Cosponsor)
- Ami Bera (Cosponsor)
- Luis Correa (Cosponsor)
- Jim Costa (Cosponsor)
- Zoe Lofgren
- Scott Peters (Cosponsor)
- Jackie Speier (Cosponsor)
Colorado: Jared Polis
Florida: Stephanie Murphy
Illinois: Bill Foster (Cosponsor)
Nevada: Jacky Rosen
New Mexico: Collin Peterson
New York: Kathleen Rice (Cosponsor)
Oregon: Kurt Schrader
- Mike Doyle
- Dwight Evans
Texas: Henry Cuellar (Cosponsor)
The NIDILRR-funded Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) is looking for adults with disabilities to complete an online survey about getting and using health insurance and health care services. Whether you have private insurance, insurance from an employer, Medicaid, Medicare or no insurance please complete the survey. We want to know how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may be affecting your life.
Adults ages 18 to 62 with any type of disability are encouraged to participate.
The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete and your responses are anonymous.
To go to the survey click here: National Survey on Health Reform and Disability
(or copy & paste into your browser: https://kusurvey.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cRVi7OagAy883vn)
Whether or not you complete the survey, you can choose to enter a drawing to win one of five $100 gift cards.
by Andy Rausch and Joe Reinecker
The mission statement for the Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy (KYEA) is “to educate, mentor, and support youth with disabilities to be contributing members of their community.”
The organization, established in 2005, works to empower and support youth with disabilities throughout the state. “What that means is we provide different programs and different services to help them learn about their disabilities and learn about possibilities for their future,” explains Program Coordinator Carrie Greenwood. “We do goal setting and make them aware of resources that are available to them. We help them to be proud of who they are as a person with a disability.”
KYEA introduces the youth to other people with disabilities who are working and leading successful lives in order to demonstrate the opportunity potential for their future. The age range for the disabled young KYEA assists range between the ages of five and 25.
Some of the programs KYEA offers are the Faces of Change program, the Empower Me series workshop, and most notably the Kansas Youth Leadership Forum. The first Youth Leadership Forum was held in California in 1992. The first Kansas Youth Leadership Forum was held in the summer of 2001. The forum is a motivational five-day conference containing 25-30 high school juniors and seniors with disabilities who come together to learn about leadership, advocacy, and goal setting.
This year’s Kansas Youth Leadership Forum will be held on July 9-14, 2018 at Washburn University in Topeka. High school students interested in attending can find out more information at the event’s website (http://www.kyea.org/upcomingksylf).