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City of Austin, several businesses named in disability lawsuit

An advocacy group for the state of Texas is now suing the city, along with many other businesses for allegedly discriminating against people with disabilities.

Several local restaurants, retailers and bus companies in the city have been named because people with disabilities have stated that they can not fully enjoy the places that are culturally unique to the city due to lack of accessibility.

Twelve defendants were named in Austin, many of which are located on South Congress and Sixth Street. Lawsuits that are aimed at the city claim that city officials failed to provide enough parking in downtown and entertainment districts for disabled people.

The suits also state that the city failed to provide ramps, equal access to pools, and signs to alert people with disabilities about accessible routes. One more lawsuit is expected to be filed in conjunction with these other lawsuits.

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