The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Wednesday, March 05, 2003  

A Nomination. A Statement of Opposition. And a True Story.

Do disabled Americans face discrimination?

Jeff Sutton, just one of the names on the all-too-sorry list of judicial nominees issued by the Bush administration and Attorney General Short Stick, apparently doesn't think so.

And for this reason, among others, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) today issued a statement opposing Sutton's nomination to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

So, back to the question, Do disabled Americans face discrimination?

I have no personal experience with the issue except this: I once worked for a company that was moving to new offices. As part of the move we found space and hired architects to design the interior. The Americans with Disabilities Act required that the space be built in a manner making it accessible to the disabled.

The president of the company complained as follows: "This handicapped stuff is costing us so much money. It's required now, you know. I don't know why they're forcing us to do this. It's not like we're ever going to hire a handicapped person."

What do you think?

[See also, Discrimination Against the Disabled," Letters to the Rittenhouse Review, March 6, 2003.]

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