John Stossel continues to frivolously attack the ADA

John Stossel continues his ignorant and poorly researched attack on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Stossel: Americans with Disabilities Act is “doing the disabled more harm than good”

In this Fox News segment, they have John Stossel on to rant without any countering viewpoint.

In a Stossel clip within the clip, he says that the ADAAG is too complicated to understand by referencing section 4.30.2 (character proportion on signs) and  4.13.11 (door opening force).  Seriously?  Yes, maybe this is confusing for Stossel, but that’s why there are architects, interior designers, graphic designers and hardware specialists to do the thinking for you.

Also in the clip, they mention a lifeguard “tower” in Clearwater, FL that was required to have an elevator.  Here’s another poorly researched article about it from the St. Petersburg Times: Link

Once again, Stossel and his hosts get very confused about the requirements of the ADA.  In this case Title I which covers employment.  If they had done a simple Google search, they would have learned that the ADA, Title I does not require an employer to hire an employee with a disability if that person is not capable of performing the basic tasks of the job.

Oh, and here is that Lifeguard “Tower”, looks more like an office building to me.  The reason they have to add a lift, is because they are adding a 3rd floor.

The Clearwater Beach lifeguard station is being renovated and the state is forcing city officials to make the upper floors handicapped-accessible — though the only people who use the space are lifeguards. A waiver request was turned down.

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7 Responses to John Stossel continues to frivolously attack the ADA

  1. Chad Dixon, AIA says:

    I like Stossel, but he did not do his home work on this at all. He completely missed the mark.

    • jeromymurphy says:

      He is so far off on this that it makes me wonder about the veracity of his other reports. If he can’t get some basic facts straight on the ADA, why should I believe anything else he says?

  2. Kevin Murphy says:

    Stossel is an intentional liar. He has done this repeatedly on a variety of issues. http://www.hackwriters.com/Stossel.htm

  3. It is no wonder that those who are not members of the disability community are confuesd by the ADA, when you yourself refer to the “standards” as the “ADA<" which they are not the "regulations."

    Many in the disability community contantly refer to "access" instead of equall enjoyment. Most folks, disabled or not have no idea whatsoever that the ADA, public law 101-336, is actually "The Civil Rights Act of 1990," and is ultimately enforced thru the civil rights act of 1964. Most folks, including upstanding progressives, do not believe that PWDs should have, much less do have civil rights equall to those based on race and religion.

    take care
    Kathy

  4. Liesl says:

    Great post.

  5. David Schwartz says:

    Stossel said it was required to have an elevator, you say it was required to have an elevator. Sorry, what’s the issue?

    “Title I does not require an employer to hire an employee with a disability if that person is not capable of performing the basic tasks of the job.” That is not true. If you could perform the basic tasks of the job with reasonable accommodations, the ADA requires the accommodations. In many cases, courts have held that the ADA requires adjustments to the basic tasks of the job.

    • jeromymurphy says:

      Good question.
      My complaint was how it was portrayed. This is not a small stand on a beach, this is more like an office building. A look-out stand on a beach would be exempt.
      This is not a Title I issue. While Title I applies to employment, the ADA requires that new or altered buildings comply with the ADAAG.
      Thank you for commenting.

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