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ADA Lawsuits Filed on Law’s Anniversary

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Businesses, schools and governments are all named in lawsuits claiming violations of the American’s with Disabilities Act.  The ADA became law 20 years ago today but Texas Civil Rights Project Attorney Joseph Berra says there are still many places that aren’t accessible.  “We have to realize that this is a form of discrimination, that the ADA is a civil rights act.”  Along with businesses in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Eagle Pass and El Paso there are also cities being sued, like Greenville for not providing an interpreter for a hearing impaired woman, Bellville for not having recreational facilities that are accessible and the UT School of Architecture in Austin and South Texas College in McAllen over accessibility issues.  Even Austin Duck Tours is on the list because its vehicle isn’t accessible according to the lawsuits.  “I think we just have to make people aware that they ought to make their place open to everyone regardless of race, sex or disability.”

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