[Nfbnet-members-list] Urgent Call To Action: Stopping H.R. 620

Hedtler-Gaudette, Dylan DHedtler-Gaudette at nfb.org
Fri Feb 9 21:39:45 UTC 2018

Greetings fellow Federationists:

Many of you are already aware that H.R. 620, the "ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017," is moving towards a vote in the House of Representatives next week. This vote is likely to happen on Wednesday, February 14 or Thursday, February 15.

In light of these developments, the National Federation of the Blind is mobilizing to reiterate our strong opposition to this bill leading up to the vote next week. We are encouraging all of our members to call, email, and contact their representatives via social media over the next few days.

The contact information, including office phone numbers, email addresses, and social media handles can be found on the website of each member of Congress. You can also call the Capitol Hill Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to be connected directly to the Washington, DC office of your member of Congress.

These next few days are critical for us if we hope to stop the momentum of this bill. We laid the foundation of this work at our Washington Seminar and this next phase represents the crucial follow-up effort that may very well help stop this bill and make sure that civil rights for the blind are not set back by thirty years.

We suggest the following schedule of advocacy:

Monday, February 12: Phone calls to your representative
Tuesday, February 13: Social media blasts (tweets, and Facebook posts, etc.) at your representative
Wednesday, February 14: Phone calls, emails, and social media blasts
Thursday, February 15 (the likely day of the vote): More calls, emails, and social media blasts

Please note that these are just suggested approaches and timelines. The important thing is that we, the National Federation of the Blind, make our voices heard loudly and often over the next few days.

Please see below for a sample email that can be used when emailing your members of Congress. Remember, these messages do not need to be long or detailed. In fact, short and to the point is often the best way to go.

Dear Representative [Last Name]:

My name is [blank] and I am one of your constituents. I live in [city], [state]. I am writing to you today to urge you to vote no on H.R. 620, the "ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017." This bill will diminish the rights of blind people by eroding the foundation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


[Your name]
[Street address]
[Phone number]

For any calls you make to your representative's office, a similar script can be used.

Once again, thank you for all that you do to advance the legislative priorities of the blind.



Dylan Hedtler-Gaudette
Government Affairs Specialist
200 East Wells Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 659-9314, extension 2210 | DHedtler-Gaudette at nfb.org<mailto:DHedtler-Gaudette at nfb.org>

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