City Agrees To Correct Hundreds Of Access Barriers
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
December 23, 2004
WICHITA, KANSAS--People with disabilities in Wichita will have greater access to city buildings, parks and other properties thanks to the efforts of advocates who sued the city earlier this year.
On Tuesday, the Wichita City Council agreed to settle the suit, which had listed 650 separate claims of violations of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.
According to the Wichita Eagle, the city has agreed to hire a consultant who will do a thorough analysis of accessibility problems on city properties, including police stations, libraries, roundabouts, and City Hall.
The list will be prioritized and corrected over several years.
The advocates who filed the suit in January did not ask for any financial penalties.
"My clients don't want money," David Calvert, lawyer for Wichita's Independent Living Resource Center, told the Eagle. "They want the problems solved."
Under the agreement, the city will create a procedure for citizens to bring accessibility concerns to an advisory board, which will be appointed next year.
The city will also continue training ADA coordinators in each of its 18 departments to make sure accessibility standards are understood, documented and monitored.
"Wichita settles suit by disabled" (Wichita Eagle)