Attempt to curb ADA lawsuits angers disabled people

Concerns raised that bill would hinder accessibility

Article Last Updated: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 10:24pm

DENVER – Concerns are being raised over proposed legislation in Congress that attempts to curb lawsuits tied to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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The bill comes after reports of lawsuits filed against businesses for what owners say are minor, easily correctable ADA violations.

But the disabled community fears that the measure would create unnecessary hurdles to removing barriers, while minimizing significant access issues.

“This law has been around for 26 years. If we give everyone a grace period to fix problems, this tells businesses they should not have to comply, which puts the burden on the disabled person to go out, not be able to access what we need, then find the true owner and notify them. Why should we have to do this 26 years later?” asked Julie Reiskin, executive director of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition.

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