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“Freedom Bus” Tries to Crash Through Barriers for Idahoans with Disabilities

November 15, 2007

Boise, ID – The "Road to Freedom" bus tour collected stories from Idahoans with disabilities and is sharing those thoughts in Washington, D.C. today as the U.S. Senate takes up the ADA Restoration Act. Jim Ward with the National Coalition on Disability Rights says the original "Americans with Disabilities Act" was supposed to make sure all people are treated fairly, especially in the workplace. He says the new proposal would finish the job.

"The new proposal would address unemployment, which is as high as 70 percent for people with disabilities who are able and want to work. The promise of the ADA has not been kept."

Ward says the ADA's most visible accomplishments are just part of the original intent of the federal law.

"The ADA is not just about important things like wheelchair ramps, but it's about civil rights, economic rights, and social justice."

Ward says court rulings have dismantled the employment portion of the ADA that was supposed to level the playing field. Some employers have argued the cost of hiring a person with a disability is too high, although studies show workplace accommodations are usually less than $100.

Deborah Smith/John Robinson, Public News Service - ID