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January 22, 2013

Champlain Centre alters handicapped access

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PLATTSBURGH —

‘PURELY LEGAL CLAIM’

But advocates believe all main entrances should allow equal access for all consumers.

“We’ve tried to reach out to understand their position,” said Robert Poulin, Center for Independence executive director. 

“They’re making a purely legal claim; we’re concerned about people. The mall had a policy that any entrance was accessible. What they have done is taken away access and placed barriers, which is at least contrary to the spirit of the (Disabilities Act).

“If they felt the curb cuts were not up to specs or were unsafe and suspect to liability, then they should have brought them up to specs. 

“It’s not up to the mall to decide where people should enter.”

Email Jeff Meyers: jmeyers@pressrepublican.com

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