Community Groups Seek Accessibility Changes From Louisville
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 26, 2004
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY--Two groups have filed lawsuits against five businesses in Louisville for not having entrances that are accessible to wheelchair users.
According to the Courier-Journal, the suits were filed by Metro Disability Coalition Inc. and members of MetroSweep, a community group whose members use wheelchairs.
The suits reportedly ask the courts to force the businesses to have accessible ramps in order to comply with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. They do not include financial penalties, except for covering attorney's fees and other costs.
"We're not looking to punish anybody," said Will Driscoll, the attorney representing the plaintiffs. "We're looking for compliance."
One business named in the suits is a nonprofit agency that provides residential and support services to adults with developmental disabilities. Its owner told the paper that the organization is accessible because there is a ramp at the rear of the building.
In November of 2002, Metro Disability Coalition Inc. and five individuals filed suits against four other Louisville businesses over the same kinds of ADA violations.
"Five businesses sued over access ramps" (Courier-Journal)