House Seeks to Undermine Americans with Disabilities Act

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Condemns Move to Weaken Key Civil Rights Law

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement upon House passage of H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017:

“Today’s vote to weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act is shameful. That key civil rights law has helped remove barriers for nearly three decades. Yet, this so-called reform act would lead to the continued exclusion of people with disabilities from the mainstream of society and would turn back the clock on disability rights in America. Congress should be making it easier, not more difficult, for people with disabilities to lead independent lives.”

On Wednesday, The Leadership Conference wrote to the U.S. House of Representatives urging opposition to the ADA Education and Reform Act. That letter is available here.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit