The ADA insures that people with disabilities are guaranteed ". . . the opportunity to blend fully and equally into the rich mosaic off the American Mainstream . . . We will not tolerate discrimination in America."
- George H W Bush, signing the ADA into law, 1990
Congress did not put any money into civil rights for people with disabilities.
This is a fatal flaw.
There is no money for public education, investigation, and enforcement. Zero money was a compromise to get the law passed with bi-partisan support. This is the fatal flaw. No money means 30 years after signing, there is no real committment to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Americans with Disabilities Act is a guarantee of civil rights. It is not social services, healthcare, or wellness law. Get that stereotype out of your head. The ADA guarantees the right to be included. Inclusion is democracy. Want to build democracy? Fight for civil rights for people with disabilities. The ADA means affordable housing, good transportation, universal healthcare, voting rights, public education, workers' rights, Medicaid, Medicare, the social contract.
Disability Justice educates about civil rights and people with disabilities. "Disability civil rights" are no different from the civil rights guaranteed to everyone. Disability rights are civil rights. Makes a good bumper sticker.
We, Disability Justice, promote the American value of inclusion. Everyone has the constitutional right to participate in the everyday life of the community. This means education, civic engagement, commerce, employment, recreation -- ALL aspects of everyday life.
Disability Justice is committed to making the Americans with Disabilities Act more than words on paper. We are committed to democracy.
Disability Justice works with You, Allies and Self-advocates, to:
- - Effectively identify and challenge barriers
- - Educate the public about the importance of the ADA
- - Advocate good public policy
- - Share success stories with the media
- - Vote! Everyone's rights depend on voting
Learn fast, easy methods to remove barriers. Talking with people expands understanding. Nothing is trivial. ADA compliant restrooms are not trivial. Steps to enter a store or restaurant are barriers. Each inclusion improvement adds weight to the goal of the ADA.
Often it only takes one phone call or an email. Learn the ways; from sending an email to filing an official complaint. Different situations need different remedies. When is talking with a store manager best? When is it necessary to file a complaint with an official agency? What options are there in between? We know what works!
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