For Immediate Release
Contact: David Card
WASHINGTON – In response to the vote in the House of Representatives passing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Education and Reform Act (HR 620), NDRN Executive Director Curt Decker made the following statement:
“The Americans with Disabilities Act is a promise to all Americans that it does not matter if we are born with or acquire a disability, we will all have the same opportunities to achieve our full potential. We will have the same access to the community as our neighbors. And our civil rights will be protected.
“Today, Congress has betrayed that promise. This cynical legislation disregards our nation’s history of expanding opportunity for all Americans. It rewards businesses who have broken the law and ignored the ADA for 28 years. Outrageously, it shifts the burden for enforcing the ADA onto the very people who are being discriminated against.
“I am angry. The entire disability community is angry. But we are not giving up. The fight to protect the rights of people with disabilities will go on. We will stop this terrible legislation.”
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The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and the Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the Network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.