PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - July 07, 2016) - After thousands of ADA compliance audits, Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities has found only 3% of Valley businesses are accessible to those with disabilities. In one month, auditors surveyed over 10,000 businesses for parking compliance. Of those, only 300 passed the inspection.
One in five Americans live with a disability, and individuals with disabilities are among the highest group of minorities in the country according to the U.S. Census Bureau. AID.org received a violation report through their website that read:
"I don't even think about accessible parking spaces anymore because I know that they are not going to make it easy for me. It is sad that you just get used to discrimination. Please make a change."
One business owner had 7 businesses that were in compliance. Jennifer Rogers, spokesperson for AID.org said, "We saw the same name pop up and realized this business owner is doing something right, and we should let our community know."
The "Thank You Campaign" will deliver letters of thanks along with window stickers to hang proudly to show which businesses are Civil Rights Champions.
AID Foundation has hand delivered more than 100 Civil Rights Champions certificates and window decals to proud businesses such as Top Golf, Big 5, Twin Peaks and many others.
Rogers adds, "not all businesses who are non-compliant are doing so knowingly; we often encounter businesses who didn't know they had violations. We hope that campaigns like this will encourage businesses to take initiative and get into compliance. The laws have been around for 26 years, and we appreciate the businesses that made ADA a priority."
AID.org will continue to seek and promote their joint national efforts to bring about rapid and widespread ADA compliance with the goal to make Arizona a model state for civil rights, and truly welcome all customers into their businesses regardless of their disability.
AID.org wants to help others. Those with disabilities can make their requests online at www.aid.org.
To schedule interviews please email media@AID.org.
About Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities - Foundation ("AID.org")
As Civil Rights Champions, AID.org was formed in January 2016 in order to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities through charitable gifts, opportunities and the removal of discriminatory barriers. By spearheading a rapid and widespread wave of compliance through educational and affirmative enforcement actions, AID.org not only rapidly brings non-compliant public accommodation into ADA compliance but also acts as a self-funding catalyst for the charitable AID Foundation.
The AID Foundation is a growing resource for any individual with a disability looking to receive help with various issues relating to their disability or compelling needs such as: wheelchair access, medical equipment, and much more. Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities - Foundation aims to help improve the lives of 3 to 4 individuals with disabilities per day.
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