The Bad ADA Bill H.R. 620 - WI Call to Action

Mental Health Task Force/ Make It Work Milwaukee Update

Congress is currently considering a bill, H.R. 620, that would weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a critical source of rights for people with disabilities to architectural access in public accommodations—that is, businesses such as stores, restaurants, hotels, etc. See below for more information and Wisconsin call to action from the Survival Coalition of Disability Organizations. This bill is moving quickly – action is needed now:

More information on HR 620 is available at this link: https://dredf.org/hr620/

H.R. 620:

  • Removes any incentive for voluntary compliance.

  • Rewards non-compliance by allowing businesses generous additional timelines, even though the ADA’s very reasonable requirements are already over 25 years old! The ADA is already carefully crafted to take the needs of business into account.

  • Pretends that money damages requested from businesses are part of the ADA. Actually, this part of the ADA doesn’t even allow money damages, so changing the federal ADA will not affect any state law money damage provisions;

  • Ignores the extensive, free educational resources already available today to any business on how to comply with the ADA.

  • Ignores the effective & extensive methods already available to courts and state bar associations to deal with a very few frivolous lawsuits or unscrupulous attorneys. We should use those existing legal mechanisms when needed, rather than deny the civil rights established by the ADA that aid people with disabilities every day.

  • Look behind the media myths: The vast majority of ADA attorneys and plaintiffs are seeking solutions to fix real denials of access. But the business community has pushed the media to portray “a few bad apples” as a landslide.

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