Advocates Sue Kutztown University Over Access
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
January 19, 2005
KUTZTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA--Two disability rights advocates from Reading, Pennsylvania have joined a Kutztown University sophomore in suing the school over a lack of access to more than 120 locations on campus.
The Reading Eagle reported that Jaclyn Kratzer and William Ross, from Abilities in Motion, joined Tarah Schaeffer, who uses a wheelchair, in the suit.
Kratzer, a former student, and Ross surveyed the campus recently and determined that at least nine buildings do not have adequate access for people with disabilities.
Among other things, the suit claims that there is not enough designated parking, the bus stops are not accessible, restrooms are too small, drinking fountains are not accessible, and entrances and exits to some buildings are too narrow for some wheelchairs.
The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, accuses the university of violating the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. The plaintiffs hope the school will make the necessary changes to comply with the federal anti-discrimination law.
Abilities In Motion