From our friends at Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America:
Make sure that the U.S. Senate follows the lead of its colleagues in the House in recognizing the importance of the ADA Amendments Act for millions of Americans. Take action by reaching out to your state's Senators to encourage them to support the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (S. 3406), which was introduced on July 31, 2008 with 57 co-sponsors. Below are some important talking points to include in your emails or phone calls to your Senators:
Throughout the last ten years, judicial decisions have excluded people who should be covered under the current ADA law.
Employers and disability groups agree that lawmakers must be addressed to secure the promise of the ADA and its effectiveness in protecting the rights of all persons covered under this important law.
As the courts' interpretations stand now, the ADA does not protect many people with asthma, allergies and other conditions who take medication to control their condition. Their employers can discriminate against them. This is simply not right.
Strict interpretations of the ADA hurt qualified workers who happen to have asthma and severe allergies and hurt employers, too. This is why AAFA and the employer and disability groups are working hard to make things right. You can help by emailing and calling your Senator with the following message:
"I am calling to express my strong support for the ADA Amendments Act of 2008: S.3406. This bill would protect people with asthma and allergies and other disabilities and provide a clear definition of disability under the ADA for employers and in a school setting. More than 100 national disability organizations and many key business associations support the ADA Amendments Act, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Society for Human Resource Management, and the HR Policy Association. These supporters recognize that this legislation that will ensure all Americans have a fair opportunity to secure employment. I urge you to support the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 as passed by the House."
You can reach your Senator through the Capitol Switchboard at 1-800-828-0498 or (202) 224-3121.