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80+ inaccessible businesses along Bardstown Rd/Baxter Ave. corridor hear again from MetroSweep

June 29, 2004 -- Over 80 business owners with businesses open to the public along Baxter Ave and Bardstown Road are receiving letters from Louisville MetroSweep for Access. The letters are a follow up to our survey conducted during April and May that showed nearly 100 businesses with entrances inaccessible to wheelchairs. These businesses were sent a letter back in September, as was every business along this stretch back in September, telling them of their legal requirement under the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act to be accessible to people in wheelchairs.

Here is the text of the letter:

Louisville Metro Sweep for Access is a group of individuals with disabilities and others concerned about access in the metro Louisville area.

Some of our members would like to patronize to your establishment, listed above, but there is a step at the entrance, barring access to those of us in wheelchairs. You have potential violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a federal civil rights law passed by Congress in 1990.

Type of violation: entrance inaccessible to wheelchairs

1. We want access to the main entrance of the establishment. For you, this means a ramp.

2. There should be no locked doors or doorbells at the accessible entrance, preferably there should be an automatic door. If not automatic, doors should open with less than 5lbf and be able to be opened without using fingers (a simple lever handle, in other words).

3. Solutions to inaccessibility should include the most direct and independent means of entry (ramps instead of lifts), and passage through the fewest number of doors -- no more doors than anyone else uses.

4. If you do have a wheelchair accessible entrance, you must keep it unlocked during business hours, and you must post a sign at your main entrance indicating how one can get to the accessible entrance.

Please let us hear from you in writing at the address above, within 10 working days of receipt of this letter, letting us know of your intent to make your entrance accessible. If you have further questions, please email us at mail@metrosweep.org Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Bardstown/Baxter Corridor Committee: Ruth Beattie, Ron Billings, Karen Gassman, Cass Irvin, David Miller, Mary Nash, Fred Otto, Chuck Rogers, Steve Snyder


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