Disability advocates: Keep your hands off the ADA

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Disability advocates gathered in Rye Brook Thursday to urge residents to vote in November to make sure the Americans with Disabilities Act doesn’t change.

The gathering comes on the 28th anniversary of the ADA, the law that gave Americans with disabilities equal protection.

Gail Cartenuto Cohn, who was born with cerebral palsy, says that the ADA changed her life when it was passed in 1990 under President George Bush.

Cohn is presently the president of Westchester Disabled on the Move. On Thursday, members of the advocacy group joined elected officials to celebrate the 28th anniversary of the passage of the landmark law. Amid the celebration, there was a growing concern about attempts to weaken the law.

In February, House Republicans passed a bill that makes it harder to sue businesses that violate the ADA.

The group says it wants to send out a message to vote in November in order to tell lawmakers in Washington to keep their hands off the ADA.

The changes to ADA passed in the House are still under consideration in the Senate. Disability advocates are hoping the Democrats retake the House and prevent any changes.

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