Did U Know?

Roosevelt Island Park Isn’t Accessible to People with Disabilities? The Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island, named for the nation’s 32nd president who used a wheelchair for years, excludes people with disabilities, according to a class-action lawsuit filed this month. “Such blatant

violation of disability law is tragically ironic in light of the fact that President Roosevelt himself used a wheelchair for mobility after becoming paralyzed from polio at the age of 39,” the lawsuit says. The entrance to the main part of the memorial sits atop a flight of stairs, the alternate path is uneven and extremely unpleasant even for power chair users. Built decades after the ADA clearly establishes places of public accommodation may not discriminate, this memorial to a wheelchair-using president is particularly stunning! Let’s hope changes are made soon.