Protesters: Improve access

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Protesters: Improve access

Activists with disabilities make their case downtown
ADA – Public accommodations

A synopsis of the Americans With Disabilities Act as it pertains to public accommodations:
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by public accommodations and requires places of public accommodation and commercial facilities to be designed, constructed and altered in compliance with the accessibility standards established by Title III of the act.
Public accommodations must comply with basic nondiscrimination requirements that prohibit exclusion, segregation and unequal treatment. They also must comply with specific requirements related to architectural standards for new and altered buildings; reasonable modifications to policies, practices and procedures; effective communication with people with hearing, vision or speech disabilities; and other access requirements. Additionally, public accommodations must remove barriers in existing buildings where it is easy to do so without much difficulty or expense, given the public accommodation’s resources.
Source: Americans With Disabilities Act

Protesters: Improve access

At Poppy’s sandwich shop, protesters couldn’t get through the two-step entrance at the front door. Southwest Center for Independence led a procession down Main Avenue on Tuesday to protest accessibility issues.
After Ian Engle backed himself down a steep stairway to reach the downstairs bathroom at Olde Tymer’s Cafe, he had no easy way back up. Lunching La Plata County Sheriff investigators, from left, Tom Cowing, Dan Patterson and Joe Gabbard carried Engle back up to the patio dining area.
Ian Engle, right, part of a demonstration led by the Southwest Center for Independence, speaks to Matt Scott of Poppy’s about his difficulty entering the restaurant on east Fifth Street. Currently, people in wheelchairs must enter the business from the back as two steps block easy access through the front door.
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