Tischer, I., Wong, A., Stein, K., Nold, D., & Mayerson, A. B. (n.d.). DREDF: The Blog. Retrieved June 26, 2017, from https://dredf.org/web-log/
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) is an organization that was founded in 1979 and serves as a civil rights law and policy center. The organization is run by individuals with disabilities and guardians. DREDF: The Blog contains posts from various individuals about a wide variety of topics within the realm of disability advocacy. Some of the most recent blog post titles include: “My Medicaid, My Life” and “Universal Design, Accessibility, and the Streets of Lima, Peru.” There was one blog post with a title and snippet that caught my eye and caused me to read it in it’s entirety. The post was called “No Roll-Backs On My Civil Rights: A Past Plaintiff on Opposing H.R. 620, the ADA Notification Act” and was written by Ingrid Tischer, a woman with muscular dystrophy which requires her to take advantage of sections of the Americans with Disabilities Act that require accommodations in public facilities. She recounts an experience that occurred in 2013 when she and her husband stayed in an “ADA-accessible” hotel room that did not actually meet regulations.
One thing I learned from Tischer was how much intimidation and humiliation contributes to the process of filing a lawsuit for these types of experiences. Tischer talks about having to share very personal information, such as the manner in which she urinates in order for investigations to take place. This resource also inspired me to look further into H.R. 620 and see how it applies to this story. I can sympathize with the author who feels that the language of the law is contradictory. On the one hand, it holds adults living with disabilities responsible for educating business owners about ADA access violations, but on the other hand it implies that the ADA is too complex for business owners to always be in compliance. This resource helped me to realize that as important as it is to be educated on methods of self-advocacy, we cannot always hold people with disabilities and their guardians responsible for upholding the law. There must be a better way.