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Call the AHLA: The ADA Won’t Go Away!

On NCIL’s 30th Anniversary, we took to the streets of D.C., marching two blocks to protest in front of the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s (AHLA) offices. Hundreds of NCIL Conference attendees joined with coalition members from ADAPT, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) to tell the AHLA that “the ADA Rally at the AHLA 2012won’t go away!”

Kelly Buckland, NCIL’s Executive Director, along with NCIL ADA / Civil Rights Subcommittee Chair Mark Derry, led the crowd to the AHLA offices to let them know that we will not stop fighting their efforts to roll back our rights!

NCIL members let AHLA know that their discriminatory actions to delay implementation of ADA rules will not go unanswered by millions of American’s with disabilities. 

History: In March 2012, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a delay in the implementation of the rule covering Pool Lifts for Public Accommodations. The delay was mostly requested by members of the AHLA. After a review of comments, the DOJ delayed the implementation of the rule to January 31, 2013. This gives hotel owners almost a full additional year to comply. Yet, they still don’t want to obey the law!

Act Now: Call the American Hotel and Lodging Association today. Tell them: “The ADA won’t go away! We want you to follow the law and honor the rights of people with disabilities!”

Kevin L. Maher, Senior Vice President for Governmental Affairs:

  • Phone: 202-289-3147
  • Email:
  • Mail: 1201 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 600, Washington DC 20005

NCIL will continue to fight against such discriminatory legislation and political movements by large industries to weaken the ADA. Stay up to date with information in the WhAM! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter using the icons below.

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