The Department of Justice Settles in Two Accessibility Cases

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) entered into a settlement agreement with Beginning Montessori Academy in Baldwin Park, California. The state-funded private preschool informed a parent by letter that it would not allow her 5-year old child who has autism to return the following year nor would it accept any student with autism or any specialized condition or need in the future. The preschool agreed that it would not discriminate against individuals with disabilities and that it would change its policies, practices and procedures when necessary to accommodate students with disabilities. Read the settlement agreement on the ADA website.

DOJ also entered into a settlement agreement with Megabus USA LLC and Megabus Northeast LLC located in Chicago and Elizabeth, New Jersey in which the company agreed to provide accessible transportation services.   During a trip between New York City and Baltimore in August 2010, Megabus failed to provide an accessible bus for a passenger who used a wheelchair. Megabus agreed to stop using its inaccessible vehicles and to make its entire fleet of vehicles accessible within 120 days. Megabus also will make its online reservation system available to people with disabilities equivalent to the system available to people without disabilities. See this settlement agreement on the ADA website.

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