It is no secret that Donald Trump has contempt for Americans with disabilities.
Trump famously mocked a reporter with a disability. His Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, made clear at her confirmation hearing that she did not understand the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). As a senator, Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, attacked the IDEA, blaming the law for the “decline in civility and discipline in classrooms all over America.” When he became Attorney General Sessions promptly dropped the Justice Department’s appeal of a key disability rights lawsuit. He also filed a brief that would severely limit the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by narrowing the meaning of “public accommodation;” and he rescinded 10 guidance regulations on disability rights, one of which had “codified the labor rights of disabled people as they move from sheltered workshops paying sub-minimum wage[s] into the integrated economy.” Read more