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When the Community Access Project of Somerville saw that the 2nd largest employer in Somerville- the Somerville Schools- housed all its administrative and programmatic offices on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the inaccessible Boys and Girls Club, CAPS sent this communication to the School District Superintendent and School Board.
The Inaccessibility of this facility discriminated against qualified applicants and staff with disabilities, parents, and others attempting to do business at these offices. However, then-City solicitor Gannon guided Somerville's ADA Coordinator to treat these as mere "maintenance issues." See page 4 of this document.
Due to this inadequate response, CAPS reached out to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (DOE OCR).
Fourteen months later, the City of Somerville has signed a Voluntary Resolution Agreement with DOE OCR.
The Resolution also includes mitigation of accessibility issues at Somerville High School, two K-8 grade schools and one K-6 grade school, plus the Notices policies and Procedures.
Final Resolution agreement at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/21908925@N03/sets/72157625809939886/