"this world is a hard world to be a disabled person in. while the ADA and ACA are both under attack right now, I am exhausted. I am exhausted by a world that does not care about disabled people and our safety. I am exhausted by having to constantly beg my friends and family and strangers on the internet to call their representatives so I can have the healthcare I need to live. I am exhausted from having to constantly try to convince people that disabled people are people, too.
but it's that time again.
on sept 7, the house judiciary committee voted to advance #HR620, a bill that effectively attacks the Americans with disabilities act of 1990. HR 620 wants to allow business to opt out of title III of the ADA which basically says that businesses have to make changes to be accessible to disabled people. this bill lets the responsibility of accessibility fall on the disabled person, not the business. this is simply unacceptable.
even 27 years after the ADA was signed into law, the world is still hugely inaccessible to disabled people.
while you get ready for homecoming, know that I had to leave school because of inaccessibility.
next time you go on your family vacation, know that on my last trip home to LAX, the closest working elevator to get from my plane to baggage claim was in a different terminal.
the next time you go to a store or a restaurant without a second thought, know that I am barred from most places due to inaccessibility.
the next time you go to the doctor, know that I am currently in huge amounts of pain because the elevator was broken at my doctor's office a few weeks ago (it JUST got fixed) and I was not able to get the care and medication I need.
these are just a few examples. on a daily basis I encounter uncountable barriers. we must go forward and work harder to create an accessible world, not backward.
the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill is a last ditch to repeal the ACA and effectively kill and harm disabled ppl & kick millions off health insurance. we've been here before, we must fight again." - @elliewheels
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