Editorial on ADA standards was disappointing
July was Disability Pride Month and also the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. As the parent of a disabled person, we were delighted to receive your editorial headline on July 29th [“Remember: sidewalks belong to everyone”].
But as we read, our joy quickly turned into disbelief and confusion. While the sidewalk access required by the ADA was carefully explained, the editorial apologized for the city of Fredericksburg for failing to enforce the law during the pandemic.
We visit our local restaurants frequently and are grateful to them and understand the difficulties they faced during the pandemic (sentence) about ADA standards?
Understandably? This is illegal.
Are you saying that disabled people did not want or had to go out during the pandemic and that their needs and desires were less important than the community of non-disabled people? Her editorial indicated that the city has allowed the disabled community to take one for the team and that the FLS supports it.
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was passed not only to guarantee civil rights for all disabled people, but also to ensure equal access to public places. This includes public sidewalks.