Americans with Disabilities Act

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority is looking to improve bus stops by erecting more shelters and making more of them accessible to disabled riders.


Disabled Kids Medical Case Goes To Appeals Court

Aug 10, 2017

A legal battle will continue about whether Florida's Medicaid program has provided proper services to children with severe medical conditions.

It’s been 27 years since the Americans With Disabilities Act was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush. The law has helped people with disabilities live their lives through physical accessibility, public services, and working against discrimination. ADA Advocates at the Gulf Coast Center for Independent Living say much has changed for the better, but more needs to be done.

Spurred by a 60-Minutes investigation, the Florida Legislature is moving to shut down a cottage industry of shady lawsuits that has grown up around the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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The Orange County Board of Commissioners is looking to update sidewalks to make them comply with the Americans with Disabilities act.

Orange County

The Orange County Board of Commissioners is looking to update sidewalks to make them comply with the Americans with Disabilities act.

Florida Prisons Sued Over Treatment Of Disabled Inmates

Jan 27, 2016
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A group representing disabled inmates has filed a federal lawsuit accusing Florida prison officials of discriminating against prisoners who are deaf, blind or confined to wheelchairs, in violation of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

Settlement Could Offer More Options For People With Mental Illness

Sep 29, 2015

The state Department of Children and Families has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by Disability Rights Florida and move toward providing more options for people who are mentally ill to live in their communities instead of in state mental hospitals.

Five days before he was to start college, Fred Maahs' world turned upside down. Off the Delaware coast in 1980, on the last day of summer vacation, the 18-year-old took a dive from his family's boat into an unseen sandbar barely a foot below the surface, sustaining injuries that paralyzed him from the chest down.

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A new Florida law taking effect July 1 will make it a misdemeanor to pass off an unqualified pet as a service animal.

The law, proposed by state Rep. Jimmie Smith, R-Inverness, will make misrepresenting a dog as a service dog a second-degree misdemeanor. The offense is punishable with up to 60 days in jail and 30 hours of community service for an organization that services people with disabilities, to be completed in less than six months.

The Supreme Court is considering whether the Americans With Disabilities Act requires police to take special precautions when trying to arrest armed and violent suspects who are mentally ill.

The justices hear arguments Monday in a dispute over how police in San Francisco dealt with a woman suffering from schizophrenia who had threatened to kill her social worker. Police forced their way into Teresa Sheehan's room at a group home and then shot her five times after she came at them with a knife.

A former police officer is suing Orange City because  was fired when he requested time off so he could get chemotherapy for his testicular cancer, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. In a lawsuit filed in federal court, Nicholas Giampietro, 27, says his employer discriminated against him and refused to accommodate him, as required under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Documents show city officials decided to fire

So many disabled-access complaints are brought in Florida that it has become a kind of lawsuit mill, with insurers paying quick settlements and lawyers profiting. But critics say the whole point -- increasing access to facilities for the disabled -- is ignored, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

A complaint filed with the U.S. Justice Department alleges that Broward County pre-kindergarten programs are “turning away children with diabetes,” the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.  The Southern Poverty Law Center has surveyed 75 Broward pre-K programs and asserts that only 16 percent made full accommodations for the children. 

The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, saying Florida has not done enough to improve the plight of severely disabled children, filed suit against the state Monday, the Miami Herald reports. 

More than 550 wheelchair athletes are in Tampa for the 33rd National Veterans Wheelchair Games.  Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, public places have to be accessible to them. But one group of athletes from South Florida found some places are more accommodating than others. 

Shannon Buchholz traveled from Aventura with a group of athletes that included her husband Harvey, who has multiple sclerosis and uses a motorized wheelchair. Shannon said she made a reservation for 10, including four people in wheelchairs and one service dog, at Bern's on Saturday night after opening ceremonies for the games.