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Congress Prepares to Vote on ADA Notification Bill

February 9, 2018

H.R. 620, also known as the “ADA Notification” bill, is expected to be voted on as early as Wednesday, February 14, 2018. This bill would weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and make it harder for people with disabilities to live their best lives.  

While public accommodations have had more than 27 years to come into compliance with the ADA, H.R. 620 would put the burden back on individuals with disabilities to determine what violations have occurred, provide the business with notice of the violation and afford them time to correct the problem. This bill would remove any consequence for businesses with architectural barriers that violate the ADA unless and until a person with a disability provides them with a legal notice detailing how the business has violated the law.  After that, the person with a disability would have to wait for six months or more for the business to fix the problem.  Further, businesses would no longer have to provide access but only to make “progress.” Learn more about the ADA Notification bill and its harmful impact on people living with disabilities here. 

On September 2, 2017 the U.S. House Judiciary Committee received a letter of opposition to H.R. 620 signed by 236 members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities. The National MS Society, along with the Consortium for citizens with Disabilities, urges Congress to vote NO on H.R. 620.

A national call-in day will take place on Monday, February 12, 2018, and we urge you to ask your U.S. Representative to vote NO on H.R. 620. You can call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 to be connected to your Representative. 

Learn more about disability rights legislation supported by the National MS Society and how you can get involved. 

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