The Strategies of Noncompliance: Inaccessibility, Exclusion, and the Recalcitrance Gambit

An insightful observation of the strategies of obstructionism by a lifelong observer Mike Collins. Note the etiology of the social illness of discrimination and exclusion:


Those who object to the idea of ADA compliance, whether building owners, merchants or public agencies, have discovered a more subtle method of letting us know where we stand. At first they simply complained loudly, and were not afraid to take their objections directly to the media. Demonizing those who filed ADA complaints or lawsuits based on state laws has served to halt many of the attorneys and plaintiffs in their attempts to bring about compliance.

Failing in those efforts, they simply delayed making any required changes as long as possible. That stalling could go on for months or years, depending on whether they had customers or guests who required accessibility in order to do business.

A weak gesture indicating compliance could be the next step, including such minor and inexpensive improvements as striping an accessible parking stall or placing the blue International Symbol of Accessibility on their windows next to the front doors. Somebody must be selling those stickers cheap on the Internet, as many of the entryways where I encounter them have doors that are so heavy that they require another person's assistance for me to enter them.
                                                                                                                                         

I believe the final step taken by these reluctant business owners or public agencies is the most common. They have installed the accessibility features required by law but simply 'neglect' to maintain them...

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