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Many Schools Falling Short Of ADA Compliance in US

Elizabeth Bell, Tanya Schevitz, Pervaiz Shallwani, SFGATE – Chronicle Staff Writers

Wednesday, July 26, 0

Making schools accessible to the disabled requires more than simply building ramps or widening doorways. It means integrating students into regular classrooms and giving them the educational tools necessary for success.

This was a concept understood long before the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed. Thus the federal government created a body of law whose goal was to fling open educational doors to disabled students.

“Schools are not doing an adequate job,” said Rhoda Benedetti, an attorney with the Oakland-based Disability Rights Advocates. “For the most part, they remain quite uneducated about their obligations under the ADA.”

And insufficient funding and lax enforcement aggravate the problem, experts say.

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This article appeared on page A – 10 of the San Francisco Chronicle

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