U.S. Attorney’s Office – District of CT.

U.S. Attorney’s Office Settles ADA Case with North Canaan School District October 27, 2017

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that the U.S. Attorney’s Offi ce has reached an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) settlement with the North Canaan School District to ensure equal access for children with disabilities at the North Canaan Elementary School playground. The settlement agreement resolves an ADA complaint fi led (by Center for Children’s Advocacy attorney Bonnie Roswig) on behalf of the parent of a child with disabilities. The complaint alleged that the playground at the North Canaan Elementary School was not accessible for children with physical disabilities. The school is in the process of making the changes required by the settlement agreement, which include signifi cant modifi cations and improvements to designated areas of the school playground. Under federal law, public entities are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of disability. The ADA authorizes the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate complaints and undertake periodic reviews of compliance of covered entities. The Department of Justice is also authorized to commence a civil lawsuit in federal court in any case that involves a pattern or practice of discrimination or that raises issues of general public importance, and to seek injunctive relief, monetary damages and civil penalties. U.S. Attorney Daly noted that the North Canaan School District has worked quickly and cooperatively to address the ADA issues without litigation. “The Americans with Disabilities Act ensures that children are able to access and enjoy school playgrounds,” stated U.S. Attorney Daly. “Our Offi ce is committed to enforcing the ADA, which requires our schools to allow equal access to every child. We appreciate the cooperation of the North Canaan School District and their willingness to make the necessary changes to the play areas for children with disabilities.” Any member of the public who wishes to fi le a complaint alleging that a child does not have equal access to a public playground or other places of public accommodation in Connecticut may contact the U.S. Attorney’s Offi ce at 203-821-3700. Additional information about the ADA can be found at www.ada.gov, or by calling the Justice Department’s toll-free information line at (800) 514-0301 and (800) 514-0383 (TTY). More information about the Civil Rights Division and the laws it enforces is available at www.justice.gov/crt. This matter was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ndidi N. Moses, with the assistance of the Disability Rights Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

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