Blind Federation lobbies Missouri lawmakers
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Missouri’s blind citizens have four main issues they want the General Assembly to deal with this session, National Federation of the Blind members are telling lawmakers as they continue visiting the Capitol today.
Those issues include accessible voting, accessible instructional materials, blind skills specialists and employment discrimination.
Although both the House and Senate already have passed versions of the proposed changes to employment discrimination law, the NFB says those changes “would substantially weaken existing protections” for the state’s disabled workers.
Their news release argues that “protections ensuring fair treatment of disabled people in the workforce is a nationally recognized principle,” but that the changes that lawmakers appear to support will make it harder for disabled employees to prove they’ve been discriminated against.