Federal Investigation Finds Department of Education Fails to Provide Access to Students with Disabilities

A federal investigation finds most city elementary schools are violating the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says 83% of the city’s public elementary schools are not fully accessible to children with disabilities.

Six school districts do not have even one school that is fully accessible. Those six districts serve more than 50 thousand students.

In a statement Bharara said, “Children with disabilities and their families are being denied the right to equal access to a public school education.

“We have asked the City for a response, including an outline and timeline of corrective actions that will remedy this unacceptable state of affairs.”

The ADA became law 1990 with the goal of ending discrimination against people with disabilities.

The U.S. Attorney’s has asked the city for a plan to make the schools compliant

Author: disabledaccessdenied

I am a disabled woman who through no fault of my own has wheels under my ass. I rely on the decency and common sense of local, state and federal goverments, as well as the retail community to abide by the disabled access laws and provide adequate ramps, disabled toilets, and not use them as store rooms or broom closets. This blog exists to find the offenders and out them, inform them, and report them if necessary and shame them into doing the right thing when all else fails.

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