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Join us for National Call-In Day! Tomorrow marks the 17th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This law was designed to protect the rights of people with disabilities, specifically in the workplace. Unfortunately, over the last 17 years, the courts have narrowed the definition of “disability;” today, people with asthma and allergies who manage their symptoms are considered “too functional” to claim asthma and allergies as a disability.
The good news is that the ADA Amendments Act (H.R. 3195) restores the comprehensive protections of this law. As such, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) asks that you join employers and patients by supporting this important legislation today, before a likely vote in the U.S. House of Representatives tomorrow.
We urge you to take a moment and call your Congressman today via the Capitol switchboard, (202) 224-3121, and ask him or her to support the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act (H.R. 3195). Please ask him or her to pass H.R. 3195 without additional amendments and provide workers the right to be free from workplace discrimination based on disability. You can find your local House member by visiting www.congress.org.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is at the forefront of this movement to pass the ADA Amendments Act. Our motivation is simple: we want the 60 million people who live with asthma and allergies to live a life without limits – in the work environment and outside of it – with no exceptions.
Imagine walking into your office and being overpowered by cigarette smoke or the scent of a strong perfume. Your lungs tighten, and your breath becomes increasingly short. Without the provisions provided by the ADA Amendments Act, your workplace is not required to take the measures necessary to optimize your health and safety. Moreover, without the protections of the ADA Amendments Act, your workplace could have the power to fire you rather than the responsibility to accommodate your disability.
On behalf of the 60 million people living with asthma and allergies, please take action today! Join AAFA in support of H.R. 3195 by calling your representative in Congress, urging him or her to support the ADA Amendments Act, or H.R. 3195. Tomorrow, AAFA will be on Capitol Hill to fight for every asthma and allergy patient. Today, AAFA needs you to contact your legislator to ensure he/she joins us in this battle. Everyone is impacted by disability, and everyone has the right to live a life without limits.