PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - September 30, 2016) - Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities - Foundation ("AID.org") has filed complaints on over 9,000 business locations with the Arizona Attorney General's Office along with supporting and verified evidence documenting their ADA violations.
AID.org has spent nearly $200,000 in preparing and filing these complaints with the AG, in part, to demonstrate the Attorney General's Office's failure to investigate or enforce compliance with the ADA on a large scale for many years. The ADA was enacted in 1990, with various updates being made through 2010. But according to a recent survey conducted by AID, less than 5% of public accommodations in the county are in compliance with the ADA -- just as to external ADA violations
In just a few months, AID.org, without any government funding or resources, has filed nearly 2,000 ADA enforcement cases and has spent nearly $800,000 in its efforts to bring about compliance, with most of those funds going to filing fees to the Arizona Judicial System. As a direct result of AID's efforts, hundreds of violators have agreed to comply with the noted ADA and AzDA violations and have entered into binding and enforceable settlement agreements. Each one contractually guaranteeing in writing to fix their noted ADA violations by agreed upon dates, which AID.org then follows up on to assure they have made the appropriate ADA and AzDA corrections. Additionally, as a result of AID's efforts and the now public awareness of potential legal enforcement actions, thousands of other businesses are taking note and voluntarily complying with the ADA without the need for anyone to file a lawsuit.
Despite assumptions to the contrary, AID's intentions are pure and AID's sole interest is in bringing about ADA compliance, and has NOT "lined its pockets" and is NOT in it for the money...
While ALL of AID's settlements do require timely ADA violation correction guarantees, most settlement agreements also include a negotiated cash component of approximately $3,900 per case to cover legal, filing, operational and further compliance actions, etc. Never $10,000 per case and far less than media sources falsely portray. The reason that it is necessary for AID to receive proceeds as part of settlement is to partially subsidize the costs of bringing and managing widespread ADA enforcement actions. Doing so is very, very costly, and AID does not use any public tax payer's funds to investigate and enforce ADA laws. This is abundantly made clear by the fact that AID always has, currently is and anticipates it will continue to operate at a substantial loss reaching many hundreds of thousands of dollars. It is definitely clear that AID is NOT "enriching itself", "lining its pockets" or "just in it for the money" because AID hasn't and doesn't expect to make a profit. Despite this fact, AID is willing to do whatever it takes to bring about rapid and wide spread ADA Compliance on a national level, regardless of any initial negative perception.
For full (un-redacted information) and to find out more information and how the Attorney General and Tax Payers could end up picking much of AID's enforcement expenses follow this link below.
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AID's Attorneys available for comment:
Dennis Wilenchik (602) 606-2810
Peter Strojnik (602) 524-6602
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 warning notices to businesses and then acts as private attorneys general to ensure ADA compliance. AID.org's focus is on the most readily visible exterior equal access barriers 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 we hope the violating business voluntarily correct.
"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.org Foundation, please email media@AID.org.