Commission Goofs On Conference Accommodations, Again
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
April 29, 2004
TOPEKA, KANSAS--The Topeka Human Relations Commission is who Topekans with disabilities are supposed to go to with their concerns about discrimination.
The commission had scheduled a housing summit for Thursday at the downtown Ramada Inn. Among other things, the "Keepers of the Dream Fair Housing Summit 2004" was supposed to include presentations on accommodations to make homes accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The commission, however, had to reschedule the summit -- because it was not accessible to people with disabilities.
"It's an oversight on our part," Robert Bugg, interim director of the Human Relations Commission, told the Topeka Capital-Journal. "We were so anxious to get all of this together . . . but probably one of the most important groups that is discriminated against on a daily basis we overlooked."
Bugg decided to postpone the summit after several of those attending objected to there being no sign-language interpreter for deaf participants, and no Braille materials for blind participants.
"It makes it even worse because we are one of the enforcement-type agencies that say, 'You can't do that'," Bugg added.
Carolyn Hans, who is deaf, said: "They always say the same thing, 'We'll do better next year.' I did complain last year and still they did not provide. It's ADA law."
"It's not fair."
No date was set for rescheduling the summit, the Capital-Journal reported.