Protestors ask Harrisburg to address ADA compliance concerns

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – More than a dozen people protested before Wednesday’s Harrisburg City County meeting. They expressed concerns that the city needs to do more to be compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Theo Braddy is with the Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania. He says that Harrisburg has addressed issues on a case by case basis, but there is still a big problem.

“It is not just city buildings, businesses are also a problem,” Braddy said. “Obviously, a person in a wheelchair can’t go up steps, so those steps need to be removed and repaired.”

Braddy would like the city to hire or appoint a person to serve as an ADA coordinator to make sure that buildings and sidewalks are compliant.

“We went throughout the city and captured a number of pictures demonstrating the barriers that exist in the city,” he said. “So, the challenge is to find someone who can make sure that things are done to help those with disabilities.”

Council President Wanda Williams says the city is compliant, but they will do what they can to address the concerns.

“We try and be ADA compliant,” Williams said. “Mr. Braddy challenged me and I accepted his challenge that we will have a coordinator to address their concerns.”

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