The 1990 Americans with Disability Act (ADA) is a broad civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on oneâ€™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. 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 our 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 weâ€™ve gone overboard on 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.
H.R.994 – ACCESS (ADA Compliance for Customer Entry to Stores and Services) Act of 2013
I oppose reforming current Americans with Disabilities Act policy and wish to defeat H.R.994
I support prohibiting an aggrieved person from commencing a civil action for discrimination based on the failure to remove a structural barrier to entry into an existing public accommodation unless the owner or operator of such accommodation: is provided a written notice specific enough to identify such barrier; and has, within specified time periods, either failed to provide the aggrieved person with a written description outlining improvements that will be made to remove such barrier or provided such description and failed to remove such barrier, and wish to pass H.R.994