"Dear Anderson: Like many of the fifty-six million Americans with disabilities, I was stunned by your recent 60 Minutes piece on “drive-by” lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Your portrayal of the law as some type of get-rich-quick scheme meant to hurt small businesses was dishonest, and it forced me to find the time to write you this letter.
Your report struck such a nerve with me because I am exactly the type of person who lawmakers and a Republican president envisioned when they enacted this historic piece of civil rights legislation. I was born with a neuromuscular condition, and I have used a wheelchair all of my life. As my disease progresses, I benefit from excellent medical care and advances in technology; most recently, I’ve attached a ventilator to my wheelchair to help me breathe."
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