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LeavenLaw Associate Addresses St. Petersburg Mayor’s Committee to Advocate for Persons with Impairments

LeavenLaw's Jordan Isringhaus Speaking to St Pete ADA Committee

by, Jordan T. Isringhaus, Esq. 

The City of St. Petersburg’s Committee to Advocate for Persons with Impairments (CAPI) guides St. Petersburg’s city leaders about the municipal needs, rights, and concerns of citizens with disabilities. The mayor appoints the members of CAPI with the advice and consent of the City Counsel. Since 1972, CAPI has evaluated city-wide policy and made recommendations with the goal of ensuring “full participation [of persons with disabilities] in the City’s facilities, programs, and services.” CAPI’s role mainly focuses on providing equal access to publicly-funded offerings, as required under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II. In the community, LeavenLaw’s ADA practice supplements CAPI’s mission by advocating for the removal of barriers to access in places of public accommodation under Title III.  

LeavenLaw Associate Jordan Isringhaus champions Title III ADA litigation at LeavenLaw along with Managing Partner, Ian Leavengood. As a result of LeavenLaw’s accessibility victories in the community, CAPI invited Attorney Isringhaus to speak at its regular meeting on November 9, 2016 on the topic of Title III of the ADA. Title III applies to nearly all businesses including restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, and retail stores. As a federal law for over 25 years, Title III of the ADA protects individuals with physical and mental disabilities by requiring that places of public accommodation remove barriers to access. Oftentimes barriers to access are physical, although non-physical barriers to access also must likewise be removed or modified under Title III of the ADA.

Leavenlaw's Jordan Isringhaus with Kim RankineMr. Isringhaus’ presentation to CAPI, titled “Understanding and Enforcing Disabled Accessibility in St. Petersburg’s Places of Public Accommodation,” explained the structure and application of Title III protections, common Title III violations and attempted excuses, and recent LeavenLaw local achievements. Attorney Isringhaus highlighted LeavenLaw’s achievements with descriptions of local barriers removed via litigation. Additionally, although a Department of Justice ADA investigation can span over two years, LeavenLaw noted that its litigation has resulted in an average of only approximately 4 months between the initiation of suit and the obtaining of an agreement for ADA compliance from the alleged violator. Finally, by encouraging disabled individuals to “take notice, take pictures, and take action,” the presentation culminated in a call for disabled citizens to serve as their own best advocates, as envisioned by the ADA. 

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a barrier to access at a public place in St. Petersburg or throughout Florida, LeavenLaw can assist you in evaluating the circumstances and determining whether an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuit is appropriate. All ADA consultations are offered at no-charge, and if taken, most cases are handled with no fees or costs from the disabled consumer.  Call LeavenLaw today to schedule your complimentary consultation at 1-855-532-8365.