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Urgent Action Needed by July 26 on ADA Restoration Act of 2007 [Jul. 24th, 2007|01:02 pm]
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Urgent Action Needed by July 26 on ADA Restoration Act of 2007
Ask Your Representative to Co-Sponsor the ADA Restoration Act

ACTION NEEDED:
Call your Representative at 202-224-3121 (
http://www.congress.gov)

and urge him/her to co-sponsor the ADA Restoration Act when it is
introduced on Thursday, July 26.

BACKGROUND:
Seventeen years ago, Congress passed the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) with overwhelming bipartisan support.
However, in recent years, a number of Supreme Court decisions have
significantly reduced the protections available to people with
disabilities in employment settings.

Courts are quick to side with businesses and employers, deciding
against people with disabilities who challenge employment
discrimination 97% of the time, often before the person has even
had a chance to show that the employer treated them unfairly.

Indeed, courts have created an absurd Catch-22 by allowing
employers to say a person is "too disabled" to do the job but not
"disabled enough" to be protected by the ADA. People with
conditions like epilepsy, diabetes, HIV, cancer, hearing loss, and
mental illness that manage their disabilities with medication,
prosthetics, hearing aids, etc. -- or "mitigating measures" -- are
viewed as "too functional" to have a disability and are denied the
ADAs protection from employment discrimination.

People denied a job or fired because an employer mistakenly
believes they cannot perform the job or because the employer does
not want people with disabilities in the workplace are also denied
the ADA's protection from employment discrimination.

ADA RESTORATION ACT TO BE INTRODUCED JULY 26TH

AAPD has been working with a broad coalition of disability
organizations who have helped Representative James Sensenbrenner
(R-WI) draft the ADA Restoration Act of 2007, which would enable
Americans with disabilities utilizing the ADA to focus on the
discrimination that they have experienced rather than having to
first prove that they fall within the scope of the ADA's
protection.

With this bill, the ADA's clear and comprehensive national mandate
for the elimination of discrimination on the basis of disability
will be properly restored. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), who
played a leading role in passage of the ADA in 1990, will be an
original co-sponsor, but we need more Representatives to sign onto
the bill when it is introduced to show the bipartisan support and
importance of this measure.

Your help is urgently needed to garner support and passage of the
ADA Restoration Act of 2007. Call your Representative today and
ask him/her to co-sponsor the bill.

Sample Telephone Message for Use BEFORE JULY 26 seeking ORIGINAL
COSPONSORS:

"Hi. My name is_______ and I live in ________. I would like
Representative______ to be an original cosponsor of the ADA
Restoration Act of 2007. Employers can say that I am "too
disabled" to perform my job, but "not disabled enough" to be
protected by the ADA. This is wrong! Restore the ADA and restore
the rights my rights Please be an original cosponsor of the ADA
Restoration Act of 2007. If you would be willing to be an original
cosponsor of the ADA Restoration Act of 2007, please contact
Representative Hoyers or Sensenbrenners offices. "

Sample Telephone Message for use AFTER JULY 26 seeking Cosponsors:

"Hi. My name is_______ and I live in ________. I need
Representative______ to cosponsor the ADA Restoration Act of 2007.
Seventeen years ago, the ADA was passed with overwhelming
bipartisan support, yet people with disabilities are still being
treated unfairly. People with disabilities are in a no-win
situation. Employers can say that I am "too disabled" to perform
my job, but "not disabled enough" to be protected by the ADA. This
is wrong! Restore the ADA and restore my rights Please cosponsor
HR _____."

Source: AAPD
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