Trustee Elections
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  • WORKERS WITH DISABILITIES
  • REHABILITATION
  • AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
Winning Issue » AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT


The 1990 Americans with Disability Act (ADA) is a broad civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on one’s disability. It provides protections against discrimination for Americans with disabilities in much the same way as the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibited discrimination against race, religion, natural origin and gender. A disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits at least one major life activity. These activities include seeing, walking, sitting, lifting, breathing, learning, working and many more. It is estimated that 20% of all Americans have at least one diagnosed physical or psychological disability, and there are more than 40 million Americans who are disabled today.

One of the main reasons for the ADA is to insure access and accommodations for Americans with disabilities in places of work. Advocates say removing the barriers to employment, transportation, public accommodations and services enable people who are disabled to better contribute to society, benefiting us all. Most of the opposition to the ADA comes from businesses, churches and other public places that require physical modification of their facilities. ADA critics say we’ve gone overboard on some of these regulations. They claim unscrupulous attorneys often file lawsuits against property owners before giving them an opportunity to respond or correct problems related to limited access to their facilities.

Pending Legislation: H.R.241 - ADA Compliance for Customer Entry to Stores and Services Act or the ACCESS Act
Sponsor: Rep. Ken Calvert (CA)
Status: House Judiciary Committee
Chair: Rep. Jim Jordan (OH)



Options


  • I oppose reforming current Americans with Disabilities Act policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Kevin McCarthy (CA).
  • I support access to public accommodations for persons with a disability by:

    1.) Requiring the Department of Justice (DOJ) to develop a program to educate state and local governments and property owners on strategies for promoting access to public accommodations for persons with a disability.

    2.) Authorizing an aggrieved person, after taking specified actions, to commence a civil action based on the failure to remove an architectural barrier to access an existing public accommodation. Specifically, the aggrieved person must have provided the owners or operators a written notice specific enough to identify the barrier and specify the circumstances under which public accommodation access was denied. The owners or operators must have (a.) failed to provide the person a written description outlining improvements that will be made to improve the barrier, or (b.) failed to remove the barrier or make substantial progress after providing such a description.

    3.) Requiring the Judicial Conference of the United States to develop a model program to promote alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to resolve claims involving architectural barriers to access for public accommodations.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Jim Jordan (OH) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option
  • I support access to public accommodations for persons with a disability by:

    1.) Requiring the Department of Justice (DOJ) to develop a program to educate state and local governments and property owners on strategies for promoting access to public accommodations for persons with a disability.

    2.) Authorizing an aggrieved person, after taking specified actions, to commence a civil action based on the failure to remove an architectural barrier to access an existing public accommodation. Specifically, the aggrieved person must have provided the owners or operators a written notice specific enough to identify the barrier and specify the circumstances under which public accommodation access was denied. The owners or operators must have (a.) failed to provide the person a written description outlining improvements that will be made to improve the barrier, or (b.) failed to remove the barrier or make substantial progress after providing such a description.

    3.) Requiring the Judicial Conference of the United States to develop a model program to promote alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to resolve claims involving architectural barriers to access for public accommodations.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Jim Jordan (OH) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Jim Jordan (OH) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing H.R.241 - ACCESS Act.

If elected as a trustee, The ARC will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for increased access to public buildings for those with disabilities.

About: The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and serving them and their families. We work tirelessly to uphold our vision that every individual and family living with I/DD in the United States has access to the information, advocacy, and skills they need to support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. Our hundreds of state and local chapters provide a wide variety of services, supports, and advocacy for people with I/DD and their families. This varies by chapter and includes but is not limited to: individual and public policy advocacy; residential, educational, and vocational services; person-centered and financial planning; recreational activities; and other supports that meet the unique needs of the community.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
May 22, 2023
Trustee Election - Closing Date
May 29, 2023