King Tut Visitors Sue Museum Over Access Problems
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 14, 2006
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA--Five Broward County residents with disabilities are suing the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, accusing it of failing to make its King Tutankhamun exhibit accessible under the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Saturday that three of the plaintiffs, who are blind, claim that the museum provided audio descriptions for just 19 artifacts, even though the exhibit features 130 relics from Tut's tomb and other ancient Egyptian gravesites.
The other two plaintiffs use motorized scooters because of physical disabilities, according to Joshua Entin, the attorney who filed the lawsuit.
Entin said that physical barriers prevented them from navigating through the exhibit. They also claimed that they had to wait 45 minutes to use an elevator, and had to go to a nearby restaurant to find an accessible restroom.
The suit, filed on February 6, asked the court to order the exhibit to comply with the ADA and to reimburse the plaintiffs for legal fees and expenses.
"Disabled patrons file suit against Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art over Tut" (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)