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Localities Taken to Court to Fix Sidewalks for People With Disabilities

The California Healthline article, "Reluctant Localities Are Being Dragged Into Court to Fix Sidewalks for People With Disabilities" discusses how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires governmental entities to provide people with disabilities full access to their programs and services, including sidewalks and curb ramps that make it possible to safely cross the street. However, many jurisdictions have not complied with this section of the law.

As the article discusses, "In all, hundreds of jurisdictions have faced lawsuits or entered settlement agreements after failing to meet ADA requirements for pedestrians and mass transit users." They include San Jose, San Francisco, Long Beach and Los Angeles.