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Housing Summit Will Be Accessible This Time
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 25, 2004

TOPEKA, KANSAS--The Topeka Human Relations Commissions has rescheduled its housing summit for Wednesday, June 2.

This time, the "Keepers of the Dream Fair Housing Summit 2004" will be fully accessible, Mayor James McClinton said in his weekly press conference Tuesday.

The annual summit, which features presentations on accommodations to make homes accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act, had been scheduled for April 29. The event was postponed, however, after several of those attending complained that it was not accessible to people with disabilities. The main complaints had to do with there being no sign-language interpreters for deaf participants, and no Braille materials for blind participants.

Some attendees said it was not the first time the summit had not been accessible.

Christina Valdivia, civil rights inspector for the city's Human Relations Commission, said that sign-language interpreters and Braille materials will be available at the June 2 event, which will take place entirely on the main level of the downtown Ramada Inn.

In addition to workshops on the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, the summit will include presentations on landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities, organizers said.

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