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Museum sued over disabled access to Tut exhibit.




February 10, 2006.
Associated Press.




FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Several disabled museum patrons have sued the organizers of the "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" exhibit for allegedly failing to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


All Disabled Americans Inc. and five of its members allege in a complaint filed last week in U.S. District Court that the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale provides "inadequate access to people with mobility and visual disabilities" at the Tut exhibit.


Some of the members of the Indiana-based group use wheelchairs or power motor scooters, while others are blind. During a visit to the exhibit, they were unable to read overhead descriptive signs and found the museum's restrooms, parking and access aisles to be inaccessible, according to the complaint.


The audio tour with the exhibit only provided substantive information for approximately 20 of the 131 pieces in the exhibit, and the museum should have trained staff to describe the exhibits to the visually impaired as well as help those individuals navigate through the crowds of patrons, according to the lawsuit.


After-hours messages left Friday for museum officials and the Miami Beach attorneys representing All Disabled Americans were not immediately returned.


All Disabled Americans and its members are asking for the museum fix the alleged violations and pay attorneys' fees.


The lawsuit also lists National Geographic Society Inc. and Arts and Exhibitions International as defendants.



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