SOURCE: Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities

Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities

October 20, 2016 13:56 ET

AZ Attorney General Rallies in Favor of Civil Rights Discrimination Against Individuals with Disabilities

AG Leads Seminar to Protect Businesses' Ability to Discriminate Against Individuals with Disabilities by fighting AID.org

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - October 20, 2016) - Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities - Foundation ("AID.org"), has filed nearly 2,000 civil rights enforcement actions in the Arizona courts and over 9,000 complaints with the Attorney General's office ("AG") against business locations documenting their ADA violations. "AID is shocked and dismayed but emboldened in its ADA compliance mission as a result of the AG's continued efforts to protect and further discrimination against individuals with disabilities," stated Alex Callan, the de facto representative of AID.

Today, the first of the pro-discrimination classes / seminars is now being led by the Arizona Attorney General, Mark Brnovich's staff. Matthew du Mee, staff member of the AG will be focusing on how to squelch ADA compliance actions to allow business to continue to get away with discriminating against individuals with disabilities by violating the same ADA laws that the AG is required by law to enforce. Brnovich's office has recently made their discrimination and civil rights violation support efforts public by spending thousands tax dollars to push to have 1,289 ADA related cases dismissed WITHOUT requiring even one of the discriminating ADA violators correct their violations. "The actions of the AG are shocking and revealing of just how far he is apparently willing go to support the voting law breaking business owners who continue to violate the ADA and discriminate against individuals with disabilities. This is one more black mark for Arizona's history of support of discrimination and civil rights violation. Maybe Brnovich will become synonymous with discrimination...", stated Mr. Callan.

AID and its growing number of association members and likeminded individuals once again state their strong commitment to continue to fight the AG and others bent on discriminating against individuals with disabilities every step of the way. If the AG is successful in stopping AID's compliance efforts by causing all of their cases to simply be dropped, AID will continue to work with and assist other committed individuals with strong "Standing" to continue to enforce ADA compliance. ADA compliance efforts in the private sector will go on as the ONLY effect way of enforcing the civil rights guaranteed by the ADA…

As for the complaints on 9,000+ locations with documented ADA violations submitted to the AG by AID for the AG to investigate and enforce, the AG, to date, has apparently failed to take any enforcement action and has not even responded as required by law. The AG has told media outlets that it will take 90 years for them to investigate these violations at their current historical rate and gave no commitment on enforcement; a far cry from the thousands of businesses AID has caused to become compliant in less than a year. AID's attorneys made a public records request utilizing the Freedom of Information Act to receive a list of all ADA related investigations made by the AG's office a month ago and have yet to receive any response. AID wonders what they are hiding.

AID's altruistic intentions remain pure and highly effective… To date AID's enforcement efforts have cost over $1.7 Million, with nearly $800,000 just in court related filing fees. While ALL of AID's compliance settlement agreements require timely ADA violation correction guarantees, some settlement agreements also include a negotiated cash component averaging 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 these proceeds as part of settlement (approx. $1.2M to date) is to subsidize the costs of identifying, documenting, bringing and managing widespread ADA enforcement actions. Doing so is very costly, and AID does not use any public tax payer's funds to investigate and enforce ADA laws. AID's altruistic efforts and results are made abundantly 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 has not and does not expect to make a profit. The math shows that AID's expenses of $1,700,000 minus $1,200,000 collected settlement funds equals a current deficit of over $500,000.

AID is pleased with the growing understanding and support of its mission by not only its growing membership base, but also those who support AID's efforts privately or secretly because of their fears of repercussions or retaliation from those without disabilities. AID is not fearful of such retaliation and will not succumb to negative pressures.

Join AID.org's fight against discrimination by becoming a FREE member and/or civil rights activist at www.AID.org/Membership.html.

AID's Attorneys available for comment:

Dennis Wilenchik (602) 606-2810

Peter Strojnik (602) 524-6602

About Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities - Foundation

Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities - Foundation, 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.

Contact Information

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