Library buildings, equipment, and the ADA: compliance issues by Library Administration and Management Association. Buildings

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There is no reason to call the reference desk to warn your colleague to watch for a blind person. I can assure you that there are few things more unnerving than trying to follow a set of directions while someone is trailing along behind, gasping every time the long cane touches an object, and grabbing at one's arm or waist every time the observer fears that something may go wrong. By the same token, you should not put up with behavior from a disabled patron that you would find Page 5 unacceptable from an able-bodied one.

If I am honest, however, I must admit that I am convinced there was an admixture of feeling on her part that I did not belong thereat least not without a keeper. This incident took place more than thirty years ago and much in our society has changed during the intervening years. With varying degrees of success, we have come to recognize that community resources must be accessible to members of minority as well as majority groups. People with disabilities are only the most recent minority to win this recognition of our rights, but complete access for us has been complicated by the presence of actual physical barriers that often prevent it.

At that point the proceedings were paused and the question now is whether Mr. Galloway is entitled to any damages for having been excluded. The federal judge asked the Department of Justice to give its views on that question. We did feel that he was entitled to damages and have filed a brief to that effect. A case in California has been filed by a private litigant against one of the International House of Pancakes franchises in San Diego. , menus in alternative formats in Braille or on tape. The defendant's primary defense in arguing that it violates the United States Constitution is a challenge to the constitutionality of the ADA.

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