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    NYT: Wheelchairs Prohibited In the Last Place You'd Expect

    Here's the link to the full story: https://nyti.ms/2FuWUwD
    And an excerpt from article about anti-wheelchair discrimination at Assisted Living facilities:

    " ...the nonprofit Fair Housing Justice Center to investigate whether such facilities discriminate against wheelchair users.
    Excerpts from their recorded conversations are included in a federal lawsuit filed against those centers, claiming they discriminate against people in wheelchairs and are violating the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal laws.
    ?People were being threatened with eviction, or actually evicted, for even part-time use of a wheelchair,? said Fred Freiberg, director of the anti-discrimination group, which brought the suit after receiving complaints from residents and families.
    ?It?s outrageous. They were told, ?If you?re going to use a wheelchair, you can?t live here anymore.??
    Related cases have popped up for years in senior housing nationwide, including continuing care retirement communities. In 2015, for instance, the Justice Department reached settlements with a continuing care facility in Norfolk, Va., and one in Lincolnshire, Ill., for discriminating against residents with disabilities.
    Unlike nursing homes, which are subject to federal regulations and regular inspections, assisted and independent living facilities operate under widely varying state laws.
    Oklahoma and Alabama require residents to be ?ambulatory,? for instance, but Kentucky allows admission of the ?mobile nonambulatory,? meaning people who use walkers or wheelchairs.
    ?Many states have similar policies, though with different language, like ?must be able to self-evacuate,? which is often interpreted to mean ?no wheelchairs,?? said Susan Silverstein, a senior lawyer for the AARP Foundation, which is representing the plaintiffs. ?Facilities often justify their policies by citing state laws that are ambiguous.? "

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    Will also add that my parents lived in a senior apartment complex, not assisted living, and often saw and greeted a fellow in a wheelchair near the main entrance where he often sat during the day. After several days they noticed he didn't show up there anymore and someone told them the management asked him not to sit there. Apparently it "gave the wrong impression" to people who were visiting or potential residents.

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