This episode discusses H.R 620 being passed. It has the potential to possibly destroy the ADA law that protects the Deaf community which could have a huge impact on Deaf people’s access to communication and language.
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Hello everyone and welcome to The Aidan Mack Show!
There are so many things happening and coming up fast I can’t even keep up! I feel one situation in particular needs to be discussed. A situation that deeply concerns the Disabled Community. H.R. 620, which was a proposed bill that really relates with buildings and making sure they’re wheelchair accessible. Whether it’s wheelchair ramps or making sure that restroom facilities are accessible in terms of things being at arm’s length for little people for example. For Deaf people, fire alarms that emit light! The bill relates to building accessibility and not so much of communication accessibility.
When talking about buildings, if a building doesn’t have visual fire alarm alerts, wheelchair ramps, and height measurement consideration for things to be easily accessible like restrooms and water fountains. The people who need the accommodations need to write a letter and wait 60 days. Within 120 days the facility needs to take the proper actions and make changes to be more accessible. Once that is all done, there’s no need for a lawsuit. Now, if after all that time no action for changes were made, then a lawsuit can be filed.
This is known as the Notice and Cure Period. Which basically prevents lawyers from having a field day filing lawsuits for an easy payday. It also protects small businesses and gives them time to make the accommodations without being hit with a lawsuit immediately.
Members of the Disabled Community have concerns that this will weaken the ADA law. The Deaf Community also has concerns that this bill throws the ADA law to the ground and will make life go back to before the ADA law was passed. Both the Disabled and Deaf Community fought hard in making sure they have equal opportunities and equal rights just like their able bodied counterparts. We all want the same things, and that’s why the law is needed to ensure that happens.
I can tell you from a firsthand experience, I’ve experienced discrimination so many times I can’t even count. Believe me, people are taking advantage to save money and can’t be bothered to be inclusive of individuals with disabilities and the Deaf Community. It’s not just physical disabilities, there’s also linguistic minorities, like American Sign Language. We need interpreters in order to have access to communication and information. People will try to avoid and delay providing access because they claim it’s too expensive.
It concerns me, that people will have to wait a total of 180 days for accessibility accommodations. For example, if there’s a conference and I need access to it, I’d have to wait forever and miss the entire conference. Which makes us worried, how many bills will go far to weaken the ADA. Possibly throwing away all of our rights, and then we’d have to struggle all over again.
We need your advocacy. Support individuals with disabilities and make sure the ADA law is standing strong. So that we can be protected by the law to ensure we have accessibility. For the people watching, who are considered able bodied, make sure things are accessible for all. That’s my goal, I want all groups to have equal access to everything around them and equal opportunities!
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