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MASKS + ADA LAW = COVID KNOCKOUT?

Posted by ADA Sign Depot on Oct 08, 2021

The experiences of those with at-risk diagnoses during Covid offers a powerful validation to what at first seems like abstract theory. By one estimate, nearly half of American adults have a chronic condition that places them at greater risk. Their medical issues existed before Covid, many even met the technical criteria for A.D.A. protections — but they are now more relevant than ever before.

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Serial Plaintiff + ADA Lawsuits = A Lucrative Cottage Industry

Posted by ADA Sign Depot on Aug 10, 2021

“To me, it’s extortion pure and simple,” said owner Mark Rogers. “If I was incorrect in something I would want to fix it. If you gave me a ticket and said, you’ve got seven days, 14 days, whatever it may be, I’d do it gladly. That’s a win for me, a win for the handicapped person. But right now it’s only a win for somebody who is laughing at the court system, which isn’t right.”

Garcia has filed more than 100 lawsuits this year alone. He’s what is referred to as a “serial plaintiff” in a cottage industry that is especially lucrative in California. That’s because while federal law doesn’t provide for damages, California state law does.

“California, it’s dramatically out of whack, so to speak,” said Cris Vaughan, an ADA defense attorney. He says under California’s Unruh Act, civil rights law plaintiffs can also claim up to $4,000 dollars per visit. And they can visit the same business multiple times.

“So that’s why we have so many of these lawsuits in California,” said Vaughan.

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Accessible Design Features in Everyday Life

Posted by ADA Sign Depot on Aug 03, 2021

Detectable Warning Surfaces. Speaking of curb ramps, have you ever wondered what those small half domes that extend from one side of the curb ramp to the other are for? They are detectable warning surfaces, and they are designed to alert pedestrians who are blind or have low vision to the presence of a hazard, such as the road where cars travel. But they are also required on open boarding platforms in rail stations, and they discourage all people from standing too close to the edge when waiting for a train or subway, enhancing safety for everyone.

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Meet a Man Who Filed More Than 180 Disability Lawsuits

Posted by ADA Sign Depot on Jul 22, 2021

In the United States, one in four people lives with some form of disability; around the world, one billion people do. For now, that is. When the House version of the A.D.A. was introduced, Major Owens, of New York, said, “When you think about it, our entire country is made up of disabled people and temporarily able-bodied people. The people we are protecting are not a mysterious, distant ‘them’ but rather ourselves.”

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During the 2016 election, a whopping 83% of polling places posed at least one impediment for voters with disabilities — say, a pathway inaccessible to a voter in a wheelchair. And, according to a study by the Government Accountability Office, less than 40% of locations equipped their voting systems for people with disabilities to cast their votes privately: electronic voting systems weren't powered on, for example, or they lacked earphones, or the stations weren't big enough for a wheelchair.

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