Letter of Opposition to ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620)

March 13, 2017


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AUCD signed on to a CCD letter opposing the H.R. 620 - the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, which would severely undermine the ability of people with disabilities to enforce their rights under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Under the bill, in order to ensure access to public accommodations, a person with a disability would have to be denied access directly and then would have to get a court to determine that a violation of the ADA had taken place. That person would then have to provide the business with specific formal notice of which provisions of the law were violated and when, and would have to give the business a lengthy period to correct the problem.

This places an egregious burden on people with disabilities and compels them to provide information for businesses that are explicitly required to know and fulfill their legal obligations. Furthermore, by not requiring businesses to comply with ensuring access to public accommodations (as is required by the ADA), the legislation leaves considerable room to ignore the rights of people with disabilities.