Rolling Back the ADA?

American Association of People with DisabilitiesPower Up!

On March 16, Representative David Schweikert (R-AZ) introduced H.R. 4200, "To Amend the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990". On March 26, Representative Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) introduced H.R. 4256, "The Pool Safety and Accessibility for Everyone (pool SAFE) Act". These bills will prevent the Department of Justice from enforcing its own regulations and keep public pools from being accessible as required by the ADA.
That's right-21 years after the ADA we could see our rights rolled back.

We need to act today.

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on The Constitution has scheduled a hearing to discuss this legislation.

When: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Time: 4:30pm EST

Room: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building

Take Action:

  1. Come to the hearing and show your support!     

  2. Contact your representative:  Find the representative for your district and call their office or click on their contact form to submit a letter online. In your letter, identify yourself as a constituent and urge your senator / representative to "Please do not support H.R. 4200 or H.R. 4256. These bills would cut back the ADA and block our right to accessible pools."

  3. If your representative is a co-sponsor on either of these bills call them today and ask them to remove their name as a co-sponsor! Find out if your representative is a co-sponsor here.

    Here's what your representatives need to know:

    • Swimming pools are not a luxury; they are part of American life.  Every family deserves the chance to enjoy vacations together without leaving a child, spouse, or parent behind just because they have a disability.

    • People with disabilities have the same rights as everyone else to use swimming pools.

    • Backtracking on the ADA is never acceptable.We cannot roll back civil rights for any group.
    • The ADA was signed into law 21 years ago.  Swimming pool owners have had decades to come into compliance.

    • The final regulation language and the accessibility standards have been out since September 2010, so the pool owners have had 18 months to comply with those specific

    • The regulations are subject to an "undue burden" defense, so any hotel or pool owner that cannot afford to come into compliance need not do so immediately.

    For more information, click here.

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