In a letter dated May 4, ANCOR joined over 200 other organizations in opposing the Americans with Disabilities Act Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620). As noted in the letter, the bill would create significant obstacles for people with disabilities to enforce their rights under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to access public accommodations, and would impede their ability to engage in daily activities and participate in the mainstream of society. Rather, the burden of protecting the right to access a public place is shifted to the person with the disability, who first has to be denied access; then must determine that violations of the law have occurred; then must provide the business with specific notice of which provisions of the law were violated and when; and finally, the aggrieved person with the disability must afford the business a lengthy period to correct the problem. The letter notes that the ADA has been law for nearly 27 years, which has provided ample opportunity and notice for business owners to comply with the law.
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