ADA Barrier Removal

The Department of Justice has reached a settlement with Newseum Inc.

The Department of Justice announced on 12/6/13 that it has reached a settlement with Newseum Inc., which owns and operates the Newseum, to address alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the settlement, the Newseum must take steps to ensure that all of its facilities are accessible to people with disabilities, including: Providing additional wheelchair spaces and...

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Barrier-Free Health Care Initiative

Through the Barrier-Free Health Care Initiative, U.S. Attorneys’ offices across the nation and the Department’s Civil Rights Division target their enforcement efforts on a critical area for individuals with disabilities – access to medical services and facilities. The Barrier-Free Health Care Initiative is a multi-phase initiative that will include effective communication for people...

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ADA claims, settlements numbers up

The Corporate Counsel (3/27, Green, 43K) reports that Patrick Hicks, a partner in the Las Vegas office of Littler Mendelson, says that since “congressional amendments in 2008 made it easier for plaintiffs to make their case” when suing under the Americans with Disabilities Act, there have been “fewer dismissals and higher settlement numbers.” The number of EEOC charges...

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Missouri college agrees to develop a plan to provide access to a historical building

A Missouri college agreed to develop a plan to provide access to a historical building, including installation of a ramp. Until these changes are implemented, the college agreed to provide assistance for individuals in entering the building and to make a video describing the historical information about the building available for individuals who prefer that format. The college also agreed to...

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Ohio Shopping Mall and Movie Theater Agree to Accessibility Improvements

An Ohio shopping mall and movie theater agreed to make renovations to provide accessible restrooms, parking, and movie theaters within three months. Three of the five movie theaters will be made accessible and movies will be rotated between theaters so all movies will be shown in the accessible theaters. In addition, the theater will provide accessibility symbols in its advertisements to show...

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Platform and Ramp for Bowling Lanes

A Michigan bowling center agreed to install a platform and ramp to one of its bowling lanes within one month. The center also renovated its entire second floor to make it accessible and added accessible parking spaces.

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