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City Provides Accessibility Loans For Businesses
September 26, 2003

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY--The city of Louisville has come up with a way to help local businesses obey the law.

Through its Accessibility Loan Program, the Metro Development Authority is offering low-interest loans of up to $5,000 each for making a business accessible as required under the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. The program is starting with a pool of $100,000.

The loan program comes after a group of disability rights advocates, Metro Sweep for Access, began targeting businesses whose entrances were not accessible to wheelchair users. The advocates filed lawsuits against four of those businesses last year.

Chuck Rogers, president of the nonprofit Metro Disability Coalition, told the Courier-Journal that the loans will make it difficult for small business owners to say accessibility isn't financially feasible.

"This is only one step," Rogers said. "The mayor did indicate that more was coming."

Related article:
"City loans to aid handicapped access" (Courier-Journal)

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