(Washington, DC) We left the Freedom Bus behind in Chicago and jumped on a flight to be in Washington for the introduction of the ADA Restoration Act of 2007 on its 17th anniversary. ADA Watch has worked in coalition with the disability community in drafting and advocating for the introduction of this bill for more than 7 years now. It was an exciting day to be on the West steps of the U.S. Capitol overlooking the Mall as Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced the introduction of the ADA Restoration Act while surrounded by other members of Congress, as well as advocates including ADA Watch’s Jim Ward, ADA Watch Co-Chair and Executive Director of NDRN, Curt Decker, Marcie Roth, Becky Ogle, Andy Imparato, Elizabeth Goldberg and others.

While he was not able to attend the event today, the ADA Restoration Act of 2007 is being co-sponsored in the Senate by Senator Arlen Specter. To date, there are more than 140 co-sponsors of the bill in the House. We need everyone to contact their Senators and Representative and get them to sign-on ASAP. You can use the information and tools at www.roadtofreedom.org

At today’s introduction of the ADA Restoration Act, Steny Hoyer said, “Courts have ruled that medication or other corrective measures have made ADA claimants ‘too functional’ to be considered ‘disabled’ under the law.

“Let me be clear: This is not what Congress intended when it passed the ADA. We intended a broad application of this law. Simply put, the point of the ADA is not disability; it is the prevention of wrongful and unlawful discrimination.” Hoyer concluded, “Passage of this legislation is critical to helping us achieve the ADA’s promise – and creating a society in which Americans with disabilities can realize their potential.”