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NCD Submits Testimony to House Judiciary Committee on Proposed Policies to Amend the ADA

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NCD Submits Testimony to House Judiciary Committee on Proposed Policies to Amend the ADA

June 6, 2016

The National Council on Disability (NCD) recently submitted written testimony to the House
Judiciary Committee in opposition to proposed legislation which would allow a business accused of noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant 30 days warning before anyone can sue them to enforce the ADA.

In its testimony NCD stated, 

Businesses small and large--and the state and federal agencies that regulate them--have had….nearly 26 total years now to ensure compliance with the reasonable and balanced requirements of the ADA, and yet legislation that seeks to place the onus on the person with a disability who is prevented from spending their money to purchase goods and services from an inaccessible business is again under consideration by this Committee.

NCD told the House Committee that the proposed provision (HR 3765) would be unique in civil rights law, and would have a chilling effect on anyone aware of this provision and added,

26 years later, surely we cannot be ready to declare that equality is a failed experiment and that discrimination against people with disabilities is tolerable and acceptable in America, and that those that have been treated unfairly must stay silent or risk criminal penalties for a less than artful protest of their mistreatment.

Link to online version: http://go.usa.gov/cJbUm