UTICA – State Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi met with community members at the Resource Center for Independent Living Thursday morning to express opposition to new legislation passed by the House of Representatives that would roll back measures in the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The ADA Education and Reform Act would ease federal requirements for businesses when disabled people consider civil action due to access barriers. It would give businesses six months to develop a plan and show progress in addressing barriers to accessibility before a lawsuit is filed against the business for non-compliance.
“ADA was intended to provide inclusion and end segregation to people with disabilities,” said Gene Hughes, director of advocacy for RCIL. “Business owners have had 27 years to address accessibility issues. Now they want more time.”
Other organizations such as the AARP, United Cerebral Palsy, Vietnam Veterans of America and others are voicing their opposition to the bill, which has yet to pass in the Senate.