The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620) introduced by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) would seriously weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act. It would make it easier for businesses to continue to ignore the ADA.
H.R. 620 would create significant obstacles for people with disabilities to enforce their rights under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to access public accommodations, and would impede their ability to engage in daily activities and participate in the mainstream of society. No other protected class has these barriers and should this bill pass it would create a “sub-set” of class.
Section 2 of this bill states that the bill was written in consultation with … and representatives of the disability rights community. But H.R. 620 was not written in consultation with representatives of the disability rights community and it would create barriers to the civil rights for persons with disabilities that do not exist in other civil rights laws.
Over 200 disability, civil, human rights and faith based organizations wrote to Congress in opposition of the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620). See here: Letter of Opposition for ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 H.R. 620.
See also this link to the petition on Change.org: “DON’T TREAD ON MY ADA” – Oppose ADA Education & Reform Act of 2017 – H.R. 620