SOURCE: Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities Foundation

Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities Foundation

September 08, 2016 14:18 ET

AID Continues Strict Enforcement of All Compliance Agreements

Certain Agreed-Upon Compliance Dates Have Now Passed

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - September 08, 2016) - The goal of the AID Foundation is rapid and widespread ADA Compliance on a national level. As of today, AID has filed nearly 2,000 ADA enforcement lawsuits to force public accommodations (businesses), who fail to willfully comply with the 26-year-old American with Disabilities Act, to come into compliance. So far 269 public accommodations have entered into negotiated settlement agreements to correct their ADA violations and be compliant by an agreed upon date. This process has encouraged thousands of other businesses to voluntarily become compliant as well. Currently approximately 70 of the violating businesses which have settled have surpassed their agreed upon required compliance correction dates, plus a reasonable amount of additional time to surely allow the violating business a sufficient amount of time to fully correct the ADA Violations. The next step in AID's process has always been to then re-inspect the location to verify the violating business has followed through with its settlement agreement contract with AID to become ADA compliant.

As a required part of each negotiated settlement agreement, the violating business is always required to agree to a specific date by which they must fix the ADA violations noted in their lawsuit. Once that mutually agreed upon compliance correction date has passed, AID then re-inspects the location to verify that the ADA violations have been corrected as contracted by their specific settlement agreement.

AID has been pleased to continue to find that most business, whose agreed upon compliance dates have passed have honored their compliance provision requirements in their settlement agreements and have complied and corrected their ADA violations. Upon verifying that violations have been corrected, AID Foundation is continually pleased to send many Thank You Letters and Civil Rights Champion Stickers to businesses across the valley for passing their inspections.

For those business that have failed to correct their ADA violations as required by their settlement agreement by their agreed upon compliance dates, AID has been and will continue to follow through with its enforcement efforts by filing breach of contract lawsuits in order to enforce the violations of the settlement agreement and cause the violating business to comply with the ADA.

A spokesperson from the AID Foundation said, "It is time for everyone to start taking ADA compliance seriously. Business have a choice to voluntarily comply with the ADA or be sued, people with disabilities DO NOT have a choice to be disabled. The questions should not be why AID is suing, that answer is clear, the business are breaking the law. The question should be why aren't businesses complying with the law."

About Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities Foundation ("AID.org")

AID.org, a 501c3 nonprofit company was formed in January 2016 as Civil Rights Champions in order to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities through charitable gifts, opportunities and the removal of equal access barriers for the over 43 million Americans who live with disabilities caused by one or more conditions.

AID.org sends pre-inspection notices and then acts as private attorneys general to ensure compliance. AID.org's focus is on the most readily visible exterior equal access barriers such as parking, which Federal, State and Attorney Generals have failed to enforce over the last 26 years. AID.org feels that these violations are a clear indicator of interior ADA violations, which AID desires the violating business to voluntarily correct as part of the correction process.

"For the ADA to yield its promise of equal access for the disabled, it may indeed be necessary and desirable for committed individuals to bring serial litigation advancing the time when public accommodations will be compliant with the ADA." AID.org is committed to bring serial litigation and is primarily self-funded though litigation settlement agreements and private funding.

Those with disabilities and their associates can request assistance and grants online at www.AID.org. To schedule an interview with the AID Foundation, please email media@AID.org.

Contact Information

  • AID Foundation Public Relations
    Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities Foundation
    media@AID.org