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Wheelchair Users Find Courthouse Has "More Obstacles Than The Legal System"
February 19, 2004

AKRON, OHIO--Construction recently began on an addition to the Summit County Courthouse.

But the construction zone has caused people with physical disabilities, especially those using wheelchairs, to follow a maze around and through barriers: heavy doors, steep inclines, inaccessible parking spaces, narrow entry ways, and confusing directions.

"You have to have at least two people with you to get in there," Meg Rubin, whose mother uses a wheelchair, told the Akron Beacon Journal. "If someone in a wheelchair came here by themselves, they'd have an impossible time getting in."

While county officials say that many of the obstacles are "ADA compliant", wheelchair users say the new route isn't very "disability friendly".

"It's really surprising to me that the city would do this when it has made so many strides in improving accessibility," said disability advocate Blaine Denious. "Now what you have are improvements coming at a cost to taxpayers because the people involved failed to talk to people who will use the facility."

Related article:
"Courthouse isn't friendly to some" (Akron Beacon Journal)


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