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ATL to pay $13M to fix 1,500 disability flaws at city buildings
Attending an event at the Atlanta Civic Center? If you’re in a wheelchair, here are a few tips to make your visit more enjoyable:
— Watch out where you park. Some of the 24 “accessible” spaces are in a lot with no good route to an accessible entrance. Others aren’t marked with a sign. And the slopes in the lot and at the curb cuts exceed federal standards.
— Buy a seat on the ground floor. The call buttons for the elevator are more than 4 feet off the floor.
— Good luck with the bathrooms. Many of the urinals are too high and the stalls too narrow. Grab bars were installed improperly. Oh, and the paper towel dispensers are as much as 5 feet from the floor.
Those are just a few of the more than 1,500 violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act found in a recent audit by the U.S. Justice Department, the first of its kind for city-owned facilities. The City Council on Monday was considering a $13 million settlement to fix the problems.
Not just the Civic Center is affected. Auditors disclosed violations in police precincts, rec centers, fire stations, homeless shelters, the Cyclorama. There were more than 100 just at City Hall.