Supporters of the bill were arguing on the basis that those with disabilities were the subjects of unequal treatment and regulated to a position of political powerlessness. The chief sponsor of the bill, Senator Tom Harkin, gave a portion of the bill introduction speech in sign language in order for his deaf brother to hear. The ADA was supposed to give those with disabilities the same rights that the Civil Rights Act gave minorities. One such plea for the bill occurred on March 12, 1990, which was dubbed the name “Capitol Crawl.” Close to a thousand people with disabilities descended on the capitol and crawled all one hundred steps to pro...
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...ality. Those who supported the bill benefitted from peoples emotions but also the lobbying of those who are disabled. The Capitol Crawl is the single most important thing that some people see as the thing that forced the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. The ADA has increased the ability for disabled people to get anywhere in the country as well as open up educational opportunities for those with disabilities. Although the passage of the bill is better than the failure of the bill, I believe that the bill needs to be revised to address the areas where it fails. Section one of the bill fails miserably because an employer can simply say that it was their personal opinion not to hire someone with disabilities and not the disability itself. The act provides the opportunity for those with disabilities without the enforcement of the opportunities that it provides.
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