Class Action Settlement
Disability Rights Oregon is pleased to announce that the Association of Oregon Centers for Independent Living and 8 individuals with mobility and/or visual impairments have entered into a class action settlement agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation to address missing and non-compliant curb ramps and traffic signals on the entire state highway system. This involves over 12,000 curb ramp locations. ODOT is agreeing to bring them into compliance with the ADA and its regulations over a 15-year period – with 75% of the curb ramps completed by 2027. There are many other important provisions, including the appointment of an Accessibility Consultant, a public complaint process, and a way to request that an audible pedestrian signal be installed.
We’re attaching the Notice of Proposed Settlement Agreement, along with the Settlement Agreement itself (and Appendices). We would very much appreciate it if you could put the Notice on your website, post it in a conspicuous place in your office, and let the relevant people in your office/organization know about the settlement so that they can bring it to the attention of potential class members. If you have an email list that would be appropriate to use to send this Notice out, please feel free to do so.
There will be 5 public meetings held around the state during January and February, during which people can learn more about the settlement, get their questions answered by DRO, AOCIL and ODOT, and get a copy of the Settlement Agreement. As soon as those dates and locations are finalized, they will be posted on DRO’s website (www.disabilityrightsoregon.org), as well as AOCIL and ODOT’s websites.
Judge Hernandez will hold a hearing on March 27, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in the U.S. District Courthouse to determine whether the settlement is fair, adequate, and reasonable.
If you or anyone you talk with has questions, please direct them to Tom Stenson at DRO at 503-243-2081 or 800-452-1694.
Thank you so much!