Reluctant localities are being dragged into court to fix sidewalks for people with disabilities

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Susan Goodlaxson began using a wheelchair five years ago, following surgery for a brain tumor. On the block where she lives in Baltimore, there isn’t a single curb ramp ― despite requirements for such accessibility under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

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From her Baltimore dining room, Susan Goodlaxson can see her neighbor gardening across the street. But while other neighbors stop to chat, Goodlaxson just watches from the window. She uses a wheelchair, and there isn’t a single curb ramp on her block.

If the 66-year-old wanted to join, she’d have to jump her wheelchair down the 7½-inch curb and risk a fall. Ditto if she wanted to wheel over to the library, a trip that would require riding in the street to avoid rampless curbs and broken sidewalks.

“I don’t feel like it’s asking too much to be able to move your wheelchair around the city,” she said.

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