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ADA National Network archive webinar available on H.R. 620, “The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017”

H.R. 620 “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017”

Early in the summer, the ADA National Network featured Marilyn Golden, Heather Ansley, and Jennifer Mathis on the house bill 620, "ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017."

  • Marilyn Golden, Senior Policy Analyst from DREDF (Disability Rights Education Defense Fund)
  • Heather Ansley, JD MSW from Paralyzed Veterans of America
  • Jennifer Mathis, Deputy Legal Director of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

The speakers talk about their concerns about the proposed amendment to the ADA and provide their insights on why advocates should be concerned, and how advocates can voice their concerns to their congressional representatives.

Listen to the archive and view presentation materials: https://www.accessibilityonline.org/ADA-Audio/archives/110624

Some of the issues the presenters point out include:

Excerpts from presentation slides

  • H.R. 620 … "would require a person with a disability to provide specific notice to a public accommodation regarding an architectural barrier under the ADA prior to filing a lawsuit. The notice must identify the specific provisions of the ADA violated."

  • Burdens People with Disabilities "to send a written notice with the exact provisions of the ADA that are being violated"

  • No Incentive [for businesses] to Comply [with ADA]

  • Extensive Enforcement Delays - "gives the business owner 60 days to even acknowledge that there is a problem—and then another 120 days to begin to fix it." 

The speakers also discussed some of the issues that proponents of the bill have put forth such as addressing "frivolous lawsuits" and people seeking "money damages".

Find out more about the proposed bill:

Available online: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/620

 

Govtrack URL: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr620

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