Wednesday, September 14, 2016

VSA Texas and Coalition of Texans with Disabilities Focus on Bogus ADA Lawsuits

Austin, TX

Following up on an earlier reporting series (also noted on this blog) KXAN News recently reports that the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities and VSA Texas (formerly Very Special Arts) are making a point to separate themselves from the hundreds of nuisance ADA lawsuits filed by John Deutsch and his attorney, Omar Weaver Rosales. VSA and the Coalition do not want consumers or the general public to conflate their legitimate pursuits toward a more accessible community with the machinations of Deutsch and Rosales.  For past and current KXAN reporting, please see the links below as well as previous DisabilityIntel posts in the blog archives:

"Disability Advocacy Groups Weigh in on Hundreds of ADA Lawsuits" 

http://kxan.com/2016/09/09/disability-advocacy-groups-weigh-in-on-hundreds-of-ada-lawsuits/ 

"Hundreds of Austin Businesses Hit with ADA Lawsuits in One Year"

"Austin Business Owners Concerned Over Disability Access Lawsuits"

2016 Presidential Election-- What Effects Will Voters with Disabilities Have?

As this year's election quickly approaches, mainstream journalists are finally taking note of the impact and influence voters with disabilities may have on the outcome. Below are some links to recommended reading related to the topic, and I'll have an editorial on the way soon...

"One in Six Voters Has a Disability- And it's Harder for the Them to Vote Because of It"
http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/one-in-six-eligible-voters-has-a-disability/

"No, Louie Gohmert, Disability is Not a Joke"
http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/09/opinions/louie-gohmert-mocking-disability-perry/

"Getting to the Ballot Box Isn't Always Easy"
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/health_and_science/getting-to-the-ballot-box-isn-t-always-easy/article_fd5f9874-edaf-5a92-b966-195a42b084ea.html

"Disability Could Play Outsized Role in the Election"
https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2016/08/16/disability-outsized-role-election/22626/

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