Monday, November 14, 2005

Most Cedar City Businesses Violate Disability Act

See this article by that title on the website. It begins:

Only four of this city's 141 businesses are in compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, but advocates are emphasizing the positive.

The Cedar Disability Action Team recognized a Maverik Country Store and The Pizza Factory for going out of their way to design special accommodations for the disabled in new construction.

"For people with disabilities, to have a parking space right next to the doorway that is clearly marked, not only with the painted blue symbol on the ground but an upright sign posted, it does a lot to help us get into businesses more conveniently," Cedar Disability Action Team board member Dave Christopher said Friday.

Christopher, who sits on a city project review committee, said owners of new Maverik store "did it right." They sought his advice beforehand on rules for curb cutouts and one disabled parking space for every 25 spaces.

Maverick owner Jody Weiner also installed an intercom at gas pumps. She said the store is "open, airy and friendly and easily accessible for all customers, not just those who can walk, but to everyone."

Disability Law Center advocate Kathy Kessler said 12 percent of Iron County's population -- or 4,123 people -- are disabled. She said businesses that ignore ADA guidelines could be liable for breaking the law, and are cutting themselves short on loyal customers and profits. ADA guidelines can be enforced in civil actions.

Yet another example of the stunning lack of compliance with Title III of the ADA.


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