Lawsuit Claims Poor Access for Disabled in Virginia

February 15, 2011

An advocacy group claims in a series of lawsuits that Radford University, a half-dozen Roanoke area shopping malls and two hotels fail to provide adequate facilities for disabled people.

The lawsuits were filed over the last two weeks in U.S. District Court in Roanoke by the National Alliance for Accessibility and Denise Payne, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.

The Roanoke Times reports that the lawsuits are among nearly 200 brought nationwide by the plaintiffs.

The complaints allege numerous violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, including sloped parking spaces, a lack of handrails on ramps and improperly placed toilet paper dispensers.

Radford University was named because Payne attends Southeast Unitarian Universalist Summer Institute there.

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