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Law Protects Disabled People

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Laws require that people with disabilities have equal access to places and buildings. According to State and Federal laws any new construction cannot create a barrier to the disabled. One man in Fair Oaks says he’s being kept in his own home and he is not backing down without a fight.

Edward Kemper is confined to a wheel chair and the new gate built around his condominium complex presents an even bigger problem. The gate runs right across the only wheel chair ramp he needs to get into his home. Edward urged his homeowner association not to install the gate because it violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. The gate still went up. Now he has to call someone to let him inside.

A doorknob was put on with no keys issued. Edward already removed the handle on the gate once and now he is going to remove the whole gate. He is sorry that he has to go to such lengths but he claims it’s a battle that goes beyond his own boundaries saying, “This is not just about me. This is about the ability of the disabled community, and if we cannot get in, in effect, we are not welcome.”

The homeowners’ association manager declined to comment but did say they were working with an attorney on this issue.

(This story was provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

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