A law that would segregate disabled people? We must all fight to stop it | Mary O’Hara

For nearly 30 years, the Americans with Disabilities Act has protected the day-to-day rights of disabled people. A new bill threatens to take them away

Amid the chaos of US policymaking under Donald Trump it could be easy to miss all manner of damaging manoeuvres. However, when it comes to attacks on the rights of people with disabilities, far too much is at stake to let a single thing fly below the radar.

Right now a proposed new law is on its way through Congress that stands to put hard-won disability rights enshrined in the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into reverse. The ADA Education and Reform Act could be on the floor of the House of Representatives any day now – yet this “quiet attack” on disability rights, as the Center for American Progress (CAP) calls it, would directly undermine protections against discrimination.

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