Fabric Store Chain Agrees To Accessibility Changes
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 21, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC--One of the nation's largest fabric and craft store chains has agreed to make its shops accessible to customers with disabilities in order to settle discrimination complaints in several states, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.
Jo-Ann's Stores, Inc., which operates 840 stores across the country, agreed to improve accessibility at store entrances, merchandise displays, fabric cutting areas, check-out counters, and aisles.
The company also agreed to hire a consultant to help implement the settlement; survey every Jo-Ann's store for compliance under the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act; and incorporate ADA training into its training curriculum for all managers and employees.
According to a Justice Department press release, the settlement would resolve complaints made in Michigan, California, and Wisconsin under Title III of the ADA, which compels privately owned places of public accommodation to remove barriers to accessibility.
"DOJ Announces Settlement Agreement with Jo-Ann's Stores" (U.S. Department of Justice)