AUSTIN (KXAN) - Advocates for the disabled marked the 20th anniversary of theAmericans with Disabilities Act Monday by filing more than 20lawsuits across Texas, half a dozen in Austin alone.
The suits aim to improve accessibility of facilities - suchas restaurants, streets and municipal buildings - and to enhancethe use of sign language interpreters by doctors, police and publicbenefits offices.
"It's outrageous that 20 years later, we still have to fight forour rights," said David Wittie, with ADAPT. "But we have made greatprogress, and we will never give up the struggle for justice."
TCRP filed six cases in Austin.
The first involves U.S.Congressman Lamar Smith and the lack of a ramp at his AustinOffice. The second is against the University ofTexas School of Architecture for failing to provide full accessto the students' exhibits housed in Goldsmith Hall.
Two other cases involve Austin DuckAdventures duck tours for not being wheelchair accessible.
TCRP claims Seton Healthcare of Brackenridge failed toprovide a hearing-impaired patient with an interpreter andadditional accommodations after he was hit by a drunk driver.
"These cases underline unjust barriers in the daily lives ofpeople with disabilities and wounded veterans," said TCRP attorneyJoseph Berra. "We use litigation and education on every anniversaryof the ADA and throughout the year to bring an end todiscrimination and the promise of equal rights for all."
The ADA became law Jan. 23, 1990 to establish a clear andcomprehensive prohibition of discrimination on the basis ofdisability.
A teacher from Austin was shot and killed while jogging in Benghazi, Libyan officials confirmed Thursday.
Winter is invading Texas with a vengeance as snow, sleet and ice are unleashed on much of northern and western sections of the state.
The expected winter weather has delayed initial construction work on MoPac until the rain and cold temperatures pass through.
Family and friends held a vigil Wednesday at the State Capitol in hopes that a Bastrop man can win a new trial.
A bitterly cold arctic air mass plunging through Central Texas is breaking temperature records, and will be followed by a dangerous, potentially damaging ice storm.
The HealthCare.gov website is working more smoothly for central Texans.