Court Debates Disabilities Act As the Supreme Court hears arguments involving a paraplegic man, a group of disabled people plans to leave their wheelchairs behind and crawl up the building's steps. The group is protesting court rulings that it says have sharply reduced the scope of the Americans with Disabilities Act. NPR's Joseph Shapiro reports.
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Day in Court for Americans with Disabilities

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Protests Planned Over Supreme Court's ADA Rulings

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In March 1990, members of ADAPT -- American Disabled for Accessible Public Transit -- crawled up the Capitol steps to lobby for passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Tom Olin hide caption

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The Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday about a man who was arrested for failing to appear in a Tennessee court. The courthouse had no elevator, so George Lane, a paraplegic, refused to crawl or be carried up the steps.

In support of Lane, a group of disabled people plans to leave their wheelchairs behind and crawl up the marble steps of the high court. As NPR's Joseph Shapiro reports, their protest has a larger message: They want the Supreme Court to ease up on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Several recent decisions by the court have sharply cut back the scope of the ADA.