I am able to be so excited to go to work every day because my profession isn’t just the thing that pays my bills- it fulfills me. my work is a place I get to practice speech-language therapy and my activism. I love this place & the kids I work with here so very much.
which is why I am so absolutely disheartened that HR 620 passed the House. HR 620 is a stand-alone bill designed to strip enforcement of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Title III of the ADA requires that businesses be accessible to all people; removal of these enforcements would no longer ensure that businesses consider the obstacles in place for people with disabilities. Instead, it would be the responsibility of people with disabilities themselves to pursue legal action against businesses they cannot access. Additionally, businesses would not be fined for denying access, if thats the outcome courts deem to be true, as long as the business can show “substantial progress” toward making their establishment more accessible.
I want re-emphasize that this is a stand alone bill. This isn’t getting snuck in on something else to get voted through. This is it. A bill to make the lives of my students and their families harder. It’s disgraceful. But you have a voice. Make it heard. We still have time before it goes to Senate. 5calls.org offers a script and links the phone numbers to the DC and local offices if your Senators. Ensure that our government stands up for disability rights- we all deserve access to all spaces.