AND NOW . . . THE UPDATE
Membership – We now have 850 members representing 47 states and Puerto Rico. We are also proud to claim members in Canada, Hong Kong, Australia and Pakistan.
A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF OUR LITIGATION
Since our September Newsletter, Access Now, Inc.® has made progress in settling cases.
We have filed a total of 979 cases since our inception and successfully prevailed in virtually all of them. Presently, there are 148 cases with outstanding Settlement Agreements, requiring alterations or modifications which in several cases should be completed by December 31, 2013, or later. Additionally, we have several Class Action suits pending against large hospitals. (Cases involving hospitals and other large or complex facilities have post-settlement compliance completion dates much further in the future.) Several Settlement Agreements carry confidentiality clauses and thus cannot be discussed in detail here.
During the past ten months, Access Now has settled 1 additional legal case to make a property A.D.A.-compliant. While Access Now continues to assert itself nationally in scope, this settlement is in our home state of Florida.
We will keep expanding our geographical presence as best we can. Even in this transition period we continue to receive requests for information and assistance from around the country and internationally. Please notify us if you become aware of situations where access continues to be denied. We remain solidly in the forefront of the fight for accessibility.
The following is the case that has been settled since our last newsletter:
Pizza Hut Port Charlotte, FL
Although it is a single restaurant, the settlement will make life easier for disabled patrons in the Port Charlotte area. Our mission continues.