Sunday, January 20, 2008

Richmond officials struggle to make schools accessible

Two years after Richmond, Va., schools settled a multimillion-dollar Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit, 50 out of 55 schools remain inaccessible to people with disabilities, according to a Richmond Times-Dispatch investigation. "When you're left outside the building and you can't get up the stairs, what's happening is you are being excluded," said Fred Orelove, executive director of the Partnership for People with Disabilities. "Getting inside a school doesn't mean you'll be a great learner, but being kept out pretty much guarantees you won't." Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.)

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