[nfbmi-talk] the problem

joe harcz Comcast joeharcz at comcast.net
Mon Jan 27 20:44:19 UTC 2014

Yes, and that is why we need an injunction and a writ of mandemous.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Terry D. Eagle" <terrydeagle at yahoo.com>
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> The Answer to the Problem:
> As I see the problem of accessible format for the blind, the 
> discrimination
> will not stop until, (1) governmental officials are jailed and held for
> civil contempt, until compliance, mot promises, is achieved;; and, (2) 
> hefty
> fines are assessed and paid by violators to persons who have been
> discriminated against, sending a clear message and intent that disability
> discrimination will not be tolerated any more than race, gender, or other
> forms of discrimination, which are closely monitored and 
> anti-discrimination
> laws are enforced through complaint investigation and secret shopper
> programs.  We as persons with a disabilities cannot even get a complaint
> answered and investigated by anti-discrimination authorities and 
> advocates,
> let alone secret shopper testing for discrimination based on disability!
> Judge Rules NYCHA Suit Brought by Blind Staten Island Resident May Proceed
> July 19, 2012, Staten Island, NY-
> A federal judge
> in Brooklyn has ruled that a suit brought against the New York City 
> Housing
> Authority (NYCHA) by a Staten Island resident who is blind may proceed
> despite
> efforts by NYCHA to have the matter dismissed. The plaintiff is arguing 
> that
> by
> refusing to accommodate his disability, and by providing him repeatedly 
> with
> written notices that he is unable to read, NYCHA is violating civil rights
> and
> disability laws.
> Justin Williams sued NYCHA in 2010 for terminating his
> tenancy when he failed to respond to  written notices. Mr. Williams had
> been a Section 8 tenant for 15 years, and NYCHA was aware that he was 
> blind.
> Although NYCHA subsequently reinstated his Section 8 housing and promised 
> to
> provide future notices on audio disks, it has failed to do so more than 18
> months later.
> NYCHA asked the Court to dismiss the case, arguing that
> it had addressed Mr. Williams' claims and that the case was now moot. In
> denying NYCHA's motion, District Judge Frederic Block noted that 
> "[NYCHA]'s
> communications with [Williams] have continued to be in the form of
> conventional
> written documents, which Williams cannot read without assistance."  Judge
> Block also emphasized that "[t]he harm Williams faces is not loss of his
> subsidy, but [NYCHA]'s discriminatory treatment."
> Mr. Williams seeks an order that NYCHA cease its
> discriminatory practice by providing him with notices in an accessible
> format.  Such an order would ensure that hundreds of others like Williams
> will not face homelessness because they cannot read notices. "I'm relieved
> that
> the court hasn't let NYCHA get away with ignoring this problem," said Mr.
> Williams. "I want NYCHA to provide me with documents I can understand."
> "The sad irony is that not only does NYCHA fail to
> accommodate residents of New York City who have disabilities, it does not
> even
> appear capable of complying with civil rights laws after it is sued for
> violations and pledges its intention to comply.  It appears that nothing
> short of an injunction issued by the court - with the threat of contempt -
> will
> change NYCHA's ways," said Philip Smith, a partner with Patton Boggs LLP,
> which
> is representing Williams together with Nancy Goldhill and Shelly Agarwala 
> of
> Staten Island Legal Services, Kevin M. Cremin of MFY Legal Services, Inc.
> and
> Edward Josephson of Legal Services NYC.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nfbmi-talk [mailto:nfbmi-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of joe
> harcz Comcast
> Sent: Monday, January 27, 2014 7:38 AM
> To: nfbmi-talk at nfbnet.org
> Subject: [nfbmi-talk] the problem
> Note the judges ruling in this case of a blind person who had
> servicesreinstated, but the discrimination continued against him and the
> classe.
> It is not enough to reinstate required services, the seminal issue is the
> continued violation of civil rights!
> And that goes on daily in Michigan against those who are blind by all 
> state
> agencies!
> Joe Harcz
> Link:
> http://www.legalservicesnyc.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=68
> 3&Itemid=98
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