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NYT: Disability Access in New York City the Focus of Court-Ordered Report by UDC Law’s Burgdorf

Tuesday, October 10, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Erin Looney
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UDC Law Prof. Emeritus Bob Burgdorf at US Capitol

Photo of Robert Burgdorf by Jonathan Timmes


A report by UDC Law Professor Emeritus Robert L. Burgdorf, Jr., outlines New York City’s inadequacy in providing disability access on city corners. A New York Times article explains the report was issued as part of a lawsuit originally filed in 1994 by the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association, now the United Spinal Association.

Burgdorf’s 285-page report calls for a survey of the city’s existing curb accessibility as well as plans for installation of new ramps and updating of non-compliant curbs.

The United States Supreme Court has recognized Burgdorf as "the drafter of the original ADA bill introduced in Congress in 1988." A leading expert on disability rights, Burgdorf also co-authored Accommodating the Spectrum of Individual Abilities, the US Commission on Civil Rights' first major report on discrimination against people with disabilities. Burgdorf has been a faculty member at the UDC School of Law since 1989.  He initiated the School of Law’s constitutional courses and helped found the Legislation Clinic with the late David A. Clarke.

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