The Disability Party proposes misdemeanor criminal sanctions to ensure all businesses and
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Andrew Straw, Esq.
Disability Party Chair
PR: Disability Party Leader Andrew Straw Calls for Criminalizing Lack of Handicap Parking
September 12, 2013
Attorney Andrew Straw, leader of the Disability Party, called today for criminal sanctions on businesses and other organizations for not providing disability access in parking lots.
“Businesses have had over two decades to install handicap parking,” Straw said. ”Refusal to provide handicap parking is widespread and deliberate. Criminal law needs to protect disabled people.”
“Any business that refuses to provide handicap spaces and accessible entrances is antisocial and needs to be motivated by criminal law,” Straw said. ”If the business owner put people at risk by driving recklessly, that’s a crime. Not providing handicap parking creates risk of death too. It should be a crime.”
“The government provides $5,000 in tax credits per year to become accessible,” Straw said. ”The problem is not expense, but an antisocial attitude that puts disabled veterans, seniors, paralyzed people, and children at risk. All businesses must follow state and federal civil rights law, or face misdemeanor criminal sanctions.”
Straw has worked on disability issues at the Indiana Supreme Court, at the Indiana University-Maurer School of Law, and as a lawyer and advocate. He has mental and physical disabilities and has an Illinois handicap placard. Straw’s 2001 proposal for a USA-wide database of protection orders at the FBI was recognized as one of the top 8 e-government ideas in the United States by the Kennedy School of Government and the Council for Excellence in Government in Washington, D.C.
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