Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Wake Up Before It Is Too Late

CAL-NKY Advocacy Note:
Your action is needed as soon as possible!
As some of you may know the House of Representatives passed HR 620 recently. This bill will significantly weaken the reasonable accommodations provision of the ADA. This could be the first step on a slippery slope of weakening more provisions of the civil rights act for people with disabilities. No other minority in the country would have to wait as long as people with disabilities to get afforded their basic rights of equal access.
The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 would amend the Americans with Disabilities Act by:
• Removing the incentive for businesses to comply with the ADA
• Implementing a cumbersome, technical, and required notification process for each ADA violation before a civil complaint can be filed; this process is outlined below.
1. Individuals must file a written notice specifying the exact ADA provisions that are being violated. This notice must include:
* The address of the property
* The specific ADA technical standards that were violated
* Whether a request for assistance was made directly to the business
2. The business owner has 60 days to acknowledge the notice and outline the improvements they intend to make, then 120 additional days to begin the improvements; a total of 180 days (6 months).
No other marginalized group is forced to wait 180 days to enforce their civil rights or obtain intimate knowledge of building standards. It has been 27 years since the ADA was signed into law; it is unreasonable to ask individuals with disabilities to wait any longer for public access! For the first time in history, a protected class would have to provide notification of its intent to exercise its civil rights.
Please call and have your family and friends do the same and leave a message for our Senators demanding that they vote against this terrible piece of legislation.
Source: Center for Accessible Living - Northern Kentucky office

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