When Did Conservative Begin to Mean "No Access" for Person's with Disabilities?
by Lee, Fri Aug 11, 2006 at 07:00:48 PM EDT
I find it particularly disturbing that access and the laws and regulations that define barrier removal have become political fodder for partisan politics. Disability has no partisanship - the ADA was bi-partisan to the nth degree.
So just when did conservative politicos decide that access laws are evil representations of government gone bad?
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is the most sweeping civil rights law this country has had the good sense to promulgate. This law recognizes that every American has the right to access community living in every way - and challenges the design parameters of the built environment as insufficient to serve every American.
There are Federal tax credits and tax deductions to ease the burden on small enterprises. Yet 80 - 90 percent of the businesses in our local communities remain unmodified and inaccessible.
On December 3, 2006, 6000 days will have passed since the passage of the ADA - just one dollar a day could have bought so much access!
End Disability Discrimination in 2006! Contact your local Independent Living Center or DB-TAC, or visit the DOJ ADA web pages for barrier removal guidance.
Thanks for listening,