In February, NCLD mobilized almost 500 parents to fight H.R. 620, Americans with Disabilities Education and Reform Act. This legislation was designed to weaken the rights of people with disabilities under title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of a disability in certain places of public accommodation. Despite strong opposition from the disability community, the bill passed the House of Representatives on February 15.
However, after several meetings with Senate staff, coalition members, and disability advocates, NCLD is happy to report that 43 members of the U.S. Senate signed on to a letter opposing the legislation. This number is important because although no similar legislation has been introduced in the Senate, even if it is there will be enough votes to defeat it.
This is not the first time this legislation has been introduced and it will not be the last. NCLD will remain vigilant and continue to fight to make sure any legislation that infringes upon the rights of people with disabilities never passes Congress.
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