ADA Eagle And Turkey Awards Announced
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 22, 2005
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA--The law firm Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) on Tuesday announced the 2005 Americans with Disabilities Act Eagle and Turkey Awards, its yearly acknowledgment of businesses and individuals that have either significantly contributed to the inclusion of people with disabilities or put up barriers to inclusion.
This year's eighth annual Eagle awards went to the ABC-TV show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition", for designing homes that show how technology and universal design can improve quality of life for people with disabilities and their families; Shane's Inspirations, which designs universally accessible playgrounds; Wilderness Inquiry which creates inclusive opportunities for people of all abilities to enjoy nature; and Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA whose companies have created positive change for young people with disabilities.
This is the second year DRA has issued its Turkey awards. Those awards were given to Taco Bell Corp. for refusing to remove architectural barriers -- including inaccessible restrooms and narrow queue lines -- from 220 California restaurants; Hotels.Com which refuses to guarantee accessible rooms for customers with disabilities; the State of Georgia for challenging a prisoner's right to sue under the ADA over its failure to provide an accessible cell or access to prison services; and the Administration of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for proposing a measure that DRA says would force thousands of in-home support service providers out of their jobs.
DRA's Eagle and Turkey Awards are nominated by the disability community.
Eagle and Turkey Awards (Disability Rights Advocates)