Reynoldson et al v. City of Seattle: Lack of Accessible Curb Ramps

Description of the action

People use sidewalks every day to get to school, work, and visit a city. Curb cuts allow people with mobility disabilities to safely get on and off these sidewalks. They also help people navigate the city when they’re using bikes, strollers, luggage and other items that roll on wheels. However, many cities and towns have sidewalks that have bad or missing curb cuts. 

The lack of accessible curb cuts excludes people with mobility disabilities from accessing the services and programs of a city and violates their basic civil rights. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires cities and towns to install and repair curb cuts. Cities and towns have had 25 years to make sure sidewalks are safe and accessible place for all people - including those with mobility disabilities. It’s time we demand that deliver on this promise of equality. In 2015, DRW and co-counsel filed a lawsuit Reynoldson et al v. City of Seattle, No. 2:15-cv-01608, in federal court seeking the court’s help in ensuring that the City of Seattle makes its streets safe and accessible for people with mobility disabilities.

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Milestone October 8, 2015

A year and a half ago, DRW, along with our co-counsel Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC) and Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho, asked the City of Seattle to come up with a plan to fix inaccessible or missing curb cuts. After over a year and half of negotiations, we still have no effective plan to protect the civil rights of people with mobility disabilities to safely access the programs and services of the City of Seattle. Their civil rights cannot wait anymore. We are filing a lawsuit in federal court seeking the court’s help in ensuring that the City of Seattle makes our streets safe and accessible for people with mobility disabilities as required by federal law for over 25 years.

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