In a story recently reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) has completed the ADA access work required by a class action lawsuit brought in 1999 by school children with mobility and visual disabilities.
The comprehensive settlement reached in the case in 2004 mandated 100 fully accessible SFUSD schools, regularly scheduled maintenance for elevators and other access features, new policies for student access to programs, and annual ADA trainings for principals, teachers, and school bus drivers, all under court supervision.
The case was litigated by the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC), Schneider Wallace Cottrell Brayton Konecky LLP, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
Stated Jinny Kim, Senior Staff Attorney with the LAS-ELC: “The conditions under which children with disabilities had been attending school were simply appalling. This case – which secured the most far-reaching settlement of its kind – vindicated the fundamental rights of children with disabilities to participate in an accessible, meaningful public education.”