What We Are Trying to Accomplish
The National MS Society is currently advancing the following disability rights legislation:
- Protect the rights of people with disabilities as guaranteed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- Make air travel more accessible for people with disabilities.
- Pass the Real Emergency Access for Aging & Disability Inclusion Act (REAADI) and the Disaster Relief Medicaid Act (DRMA).
Enacted more than twenty-five years ago, the ADA prohibits discrimination based on disability and ensures certain rights and access when it comes to employment, government agencies and facilities, public transportation, public accommodations and telecommunications. Enforcement of the ADA is vital to ensuring that people with disabilities are independent and can fully participate in society.
Congress passed the Air Carrier Access Act in 1986 to guarantee people with disabilities receive consistent and non-discriminatory treatment during air travel. While progress has been made, people with disabilities still face many challenges when traveling by air including damaged mobility equipment, difficult boarding and de-planing and inaccessible lavatories.
In addition, the National MS Society is committed to supporting legislation that protects people living with disabilities before, during and after an emergency.
Ensure the right of people living with disabilities are protected.
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