“The Department of Justice Warns of Inaccurate Flyers and Postings Regarding the Use of Face Masks and the Americans with Disabilities Act”
“Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Eric Dreiband reiterated today that cards and other documents bearing the Department of Justice seal and claiming that individuals are exempt from face mask requirements are fraudulent.
Inaccurate flyers or other postings have been circulating on the web and via social media channels regarding the use of face masks and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of these notices included use of the Department of Justice seal and ADA phone number.
As the Department has stated in a previous alert, the Department did not issue and does not endorse them in any way. The public should not rely on the information contained in these postings.
The ADA does not provide a blanket exemption to people with disabilities from complying with legitimate safety requirements necessary for safe operations.
The public can visit ADA.gov or call the ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 (voice) and 800-514-0383 (TTY) for more information.”
This warning from the The Department of Justice followed similar warning on the ADA.GOV website. I have observed several Social media post show what looks like an official warning from the ADA like the one below.
As someone who has advocated for the Disabled for over 40 years I find it heart breaking that someone is using the Disabled to promote a personal agenda. Every Disabled individual should be respected and accommodated to the best of our abilities and using them is disgraceful. Individuals who have a disability are in fact some of the most vulnerable individuals to Covid-19 virus and need those of us who can wear a mask to do so.
Please be sure the information you disseminate is correct!. If you need additional information regarding the ADA.GOV position on face masks or information on the rules regarding the Disabled Click Here.