On Thursday, February 15, 2018, the House of Representatives passed the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620) by a vote of 225 to 192. The bill would shift the burden for ADA compliance from business owners to people with disabilities. The Epilepsy Foundation is very disappointed to see this bill, which is an assault on the civil right guaranteed by the ADA, move forward to the Senate. We strongly oppose this bill, and all efforts to modify the Americans with Disabilities Act that would reduce protections for the disability community. H.R. 620 was introduced into the House on January 24, 2017, and referred to the House Judiciary Committee, where it passed by a 15-9 vote on September 7, 2017.
Since 1990, the ADA has guaranteed millions of individuals with disabilities the right to participate meaningfully in their communities. Weakening ADA protections would force many to begin an uphill battle merely to realize their civil rights. We support full implementation of the ADA and other civil rights laws that proactively protect the rights of people with epilepsy and other disabilities.
EF 2018 Position Statement - ADA Education and Reform Act (HR 620).pdf
Advocacy in Opposition to H.R. 620
Read an op-ed published February 14, 2018 in The Hill by Tony Coelho, former Congressman from California, one of the authors of the Americans with Disabilities Act, current Board member of the Epilepsy Foundation and fierce advocate, on the importance of the ADA and how HR 620 would affect the disability community here.
Since January 2018 the Epilepsy Foundation has joined our partners in the disability community in a renewed push to stop H.R 620 from moving forward.
EF Letter of Opposition - HR 620 - ADA (February 9, 2018)
On March 13, 2017, the Epilepsy Foundation joined over 200 member organizations of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities in a letter to the House Judiciary Constitution and Civil Justice Subcommittee. Read the letter below.
EF-CCD Letter of Opposition - ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (March 13, 2017)
The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and Columbus joined dozens of other organizations in sending a letter to members of the House Committee on the Judiciary and Sen. Brown and Portman urging them to oppose H.R. 620. Read the letter below.
Letter of opposition H.R. 620 from Ohio Groups (Sept 20 2017)
The Epilepsy Foundation's California affiliates have written additional letters urging members of the California Congressional delegation to oppose H.R. 620. Read these letters below.
EFCA Letter to CA Congressional Delegation - H.R. 620 (May 25, 2017)
EFCA Letter to CA House Co-Sponsors of H.R. 620 (May 25, 2017)
I helped passed disabilities reform - I know the cost if it's gutted, The Hill (February 14, 2018)
Congress wants to make Americans with disabilities second-class citizens again, Washington Post (October 17, 2017)