No disabled access to ten historic lectures. This violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.
No excuses for this 501c3's deep insensitivity.
"Accessible" up a flight of stairs!
Sounds like the state Courthouses that denied disability access to litigants, lawyers and court reporters, found illegal by the U.S. Supreme Court in Tennessee v. Lane, 541 U.S. 509 (2004)(unanimous decision by Justice John Paul Stevens).
"Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA or Act), 104 Stat. 337, 42 U.S.C. § 12131—12165, provides that “no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any such entity.” §12132."
To the St. Augustine Lighthouse Board of Trustees:
- At the Lightkeeper's House, either add an elevator or a disabled lift, or else kindly find another venue for these ten (10) lectures, like Flagler College's Lewis Auditorium, or our City-owned, long-term-leased Yacht Club building across the street from the Lighthouse.
- Don't ever discriminate again.
- What training has ever been provided to the Lighthouse re: Americans with Disabilities Act?
President George Herbert Walker Bush signed the ADA, passed without a dissenting vote in Congress, in 1990.
Today, at 94, former President George H.W. Bush himself is using a wheelchair, as at the funeral of his wife, Barbara Bush.
If the first President Bush visits St. Augustine Lighthouse, will there be a welcoming spirit?
Or will he be expected to crawl up the second floor, the way courthouses in Tennessee treated disabled people?
Will the St. Augustine Lighthouse continue to deny the disabled equality and equal access, as required by ADA?
Lighthouse did NOT respond to me today.
Not a peep.
So I filed a USDOJ ADA complaint.
Read more below.
I was obliged to file an ADA complaint with USDOJ and a request for civil, criminal and administrative investigation and programmatic and compliance audit with the National Endowment for the Humanities and its Inspector General, in hopes that our disabled visitors and residents, including veterans, will be able to attend ten (10) lectures on "500 Years of Florida Nautical History," from June 28, 2018 through March 2019 at the ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE & MUSEUM, INC., to wit:
From: Ed Slavin
Sent: Fri, Jun 15, 2018 6:41 am
Subject: NEH Inspector General complaint re: ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE & MARITIME MUSEUM, INC. -- ADA-violating plan for ten (10) free NEH-funded public lectures, 2018-2019, in second floor room reachable only by wooden stairs
1. Please initiate a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Office of Inspector General (OIG) civil, criminal and administrative investigation, and an NEH programmatic audit and compliance review, of Respondent ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE & MARITIME MUSEUM, INC.
From: Ed Slavin
Sent: Thu, Jun 14, 2018 4:32 pm
Subject: ADA complaint re: ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE & MARITIME MUSEUM, INC. plan for ten (10) free public lectures, 2018-2019 in second floor room reachable only by wooden stairs
1. Please investigate Respondent ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE & MARITIME MUSEUM, INC, for possible Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) violations.
From: Ed Slavin
Sent: Thu, Jun 14, 2018 1:23 pm
Subject: Fwd: Request No. 2018-166: St. Augustine Lightkeeper's House ADA access plan for ten (10) free public lectures, 2018-2019
1. May I suggest that the 10-part "500 Years of Maritime Florida" lecture series be held at Flagler College's Lewis Auditorium, which is ADA-accessible?
Sent: Thu, Jun 14, 2018 12:46 pm