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Stan432 Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 12:10 PM
" I feel sure the large majority of Americans are pleased that we are doing this." Not me. Prove yourself Michael, these kind of things require hard data. What percent of the population actually require all these changes? What percent actually use them? And those that do was there a cheaper, less draconian solution? And what place does the market play in this. The truth is that the ADA probably adds a lot of cost to EVERY single building or enterprise, and they are rarely if ever used. I once oversaw the building out of a building for a church, we had to build a huge ramp that was obnoxious and out of scale, that or purchase and install an elevator for the stage. It was NEVER used once in 10 years.
Bill1260 Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 4:33 PM
Years ago I was asked to help a restaurant / dance club with a re-furb of their sound system as they remodeled to become a comedy club. They had a put in a lift for the 12" stage in case a comedian in a wheelchair came along. It wasn't cheap, either.
Terminus in WA Wrote: Dec 03, 2012 3:51 PM
I thought the very same thing when I read that. The ADA has been used to force private organizations to comply with some fairly arbitrary construction codes at their own expense. It also takes tax dollars to make these modifications in publicly owned property. It was a good idea that has had a lot of unintended consequences, which I thought the author was going to address.
Americans are very generous to people with disabilities. Since passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990, millions of public and private dollars have been spent on curb cuts, bus lifts and special elevators.

The idea has been to enable people with disabilities to live and work with the same ease as others, as they make their way forward in life. I feel sure the large majority of Americans are pleased that we are doing this.

But there is another federal program for people with disabilities that has had an unhappier effect. This is the disability insurance (DI) program, which...