Attorney General Kwame Raoul Releases First Annual Report Documenting State's Protection Of Americans With Disabilities Act As US Commemorates 30th Anniversary

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- On the heels of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul released the first annual report to detail his office's efforts to enforce state and federal laws that protect individuals with disabilities in Illinois.
 
The report, called the Disability Rights Bureau Investigation and Technical Assistance Activity, is for fiscal year 2019-2020 and is the result of the Illinois Environmental Barriers Act, a 2019 law that documents the state's enforcement of the ADA.
 
In an Aug. 1 press release, Raoul's office announced that in the past year, his Disability Rights Bureau responded to 211 complaints about physical accessibility and disability discrimination, 790 requests for technical assistance and conducted seven presentations and trainings across the state. 
 
The most frequent complaints received this past year that resulted in investigations of alleged EBA violations include physical inaccessibility of routes, bathrooms, curb ramps, doors, entrances, parking, ramps, and sidewalks.
 
“People with disabilities are entitled to equal access to schools, businesses and public buildings so that they can be active participants in their communities,” Raoul said in a statement. “As we celebrate this milestone anniversary of the ADA, I am proud to highlight my office’s continued action to protect and advance the rights of people with disabilities in Illinois.”
 
The bureau also received complaints alleging discrimination against people who have disabilities, the most frequent involving service animals, effective communication, and businesses, housing providers, and public entities that demonstrated a pattern or practice of a failure to provide accommodations to individuals with disabilities.
 
The ADA, which was signed into law 30 years ago on July 26, bans discrimination against people with disabilities and requires reasonable accommodations across areas of public life, including in schools, employment, public businesses, telecommunications and transportation.