ADA Restoration Act Testimony Video – Carey McClure

January 29, 2008, the House Committee on Education and Labor held a full committee hearing on H.R. 3195, the ADA Restoration Act of 2007.  Among the witnesses was Carey McClure, an electrician with 20 years experience who was denied a job with General Motors because of his disability and then was denied protection of the ADA by the courts because he wasn’t disabled.

Mr. McClure’s testimony is available in a video summary on You Tube, provided by the Democrats of the Education and Labor Committee and provides a powerful statement about the need for ADA restoration.

(Note:  The video is not captioned, however a transcript is available in the comments.)

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kzf0k_ZrByk]

 Other Resources

House Committee on Education and Labor Hearing on the ADA Restoration Act (January 29, 2008)

Day in Washington Podcast #14(b) – Senate ADA Restoration Hearing (November 15, 2007)

Day in Washington Podcast #11 – ADA Restoration House Hearing (October 4, 2007)

Day in Washington Podcast #5 – ADA Restoration

American Association of People with Disabilities ADA Restoration Blog

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities ADA Restoration Page – Includes Written Testimony of Additional Supporters

5 comments for “ADA Restoration Act Testimony Video – Carey McClure

  1. February 11, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Any chance of captions for this video? So deaf people can view it also. Thanks!

  2. Day
    February 11, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Sorry Andrea. I’ll put a transcript up tonight. My bad, I should have put it up at the same time. Unfortunately, the Committee did not put up any captions so (as usual) I’m doing them by hand myself.

  3. Day
    February 11, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Transcript:

    Good morning. My name is Carey McClure and I’m from Griffin, GA. I’ve been an electrician for over 20 years. When I was fifteen years old, I was diagnosed with facioscapulohumeral muscular
    dystrophy. As a result of my condition, the muscles in my face, back, and upper arms are weak. My muscular dystrophy doesn’t stop me from living my life. There is virtually nothing I can’t do. Unfortunately, General Motors (GM) didn’t feel the same way.

    In December 1999, GM sent me a letter offering me the job and asked me to take a pre-employment physical. When I got to Texas, I went to the plant medical directors office for my exam. For over twenty years, I’ve been an electrician. For over twenty years, I’ve worked on things above my head without a problem. But this doctor wouldn’t hear of it. He recommended that GM revoke my job offer, and that’s exactly what they did.

    I didn’t know much about the Americans with Disabilities Act, but I knew that I had a disability, and that GM took my job away because of my disability – not because I couldn’t work as an electrician. I can do that job – that’s the bottom line. So I found a lawyer, and we filed a lawsuit.

    The trial court said to me, “the ability to overcome the obstacles that life has placed in my path is admirable,” but that in light of my abilities, I was no longer disabled because I’d adapted so well to living with muscular dystrophy.

    Well, you can’t have it both ways. Am I disabled or not? If I am then the ADA should have been there to protect me, and if I’m not, then I should be there working with my father and brother both at General Motors right now.

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