Advocate Files Federal Access Complaint Against City
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 25, 2005
LEBANON, MISSOURI -- Fulfilling a promise he says he made to local residents with disabilities, Don Caywood has filed a federal disability discrimination complaint against his hometown.
According to the Lebanon Daily Record, Caywood mailed a formal complaint to the U.S. Department of Justice last week alleging that the city of Lebanon has ignored accessibility provisions of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.
Caywood claimed that his complaint represented Citizens for a Pedestrian Friendly Lebanon. In May, the grassroots group asked city officials and the city council to develop a crosswalk at a downtown intersection near the public library and other facilities. Administrators and council members in the city of roughly 12,000 residents responded that they would not support such a crosswalk.
"I think there's violations all over town," said Caywood, who is the father of a child with disabilities.
"I think there's a number of public entities where people with disabilities are being blocked from access by the city not doing things that they should have done -- not putting in crosswalks, and curb cuts, and ramps, all over town."
"ADA complaint filed against city" (Lebanon Daily Record)