Judge Gerald McHugh, of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, ruled that the science museum broke a section of the Americans with Disability Act by cannot grant disabled visitors “full and equivalent access” to the centers.
He ruled Friday that personal care assistants were just there to help the disabled visitors participate in the museum’s exhibitions. The Franklin Institute was bought to adopt new policies on waiving such admission charges.
An attorney who represents the plaintiffs said Monday that without such assistants “numerous badly handicapped individuals cannot check out and take pleasure in these facilities.”
The Franklin Institute stated in a statement that it has a long history of serving the handicapped neighborhood and had made lots of efforts to deal with the matter with the plaintiffs.
” We highly disagree with the decision of the District Court, and will explore all of our options,” the statement said.
The museum said it has served the disabled community through gain access to programs and “significant education and outreach initiatives.”