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WOODSTOCK, VERMONT BUSINESS WOODSTOCK PHARMACY TAKES STEPS TO COMPLY WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 2014

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont announces that the owners of Woodstock Pharmacy located at 19 Central Street, Woodstock, Vermont have agreed to complete specific modifications to come into compliance with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Title III of the ADA prohibits a public accommodation from denying an individual or a class of individuals, on the basis of a disability, the opportunity to participate in or benefit from the goods, services, facilities, or accommodations of an entity. Title III requires a public accommodation to remove architectural barriers to access in existing facilities where it is readily achievable to do so.  The United States Attorney’s Office’s investigation began following a complaint made to the Vermont Human Rights Commission regarding the accessibility of Woodstock Pharmacy.

An onsite survey of Woodstock Pharmacy performed by United States Department of Justice architects revealed ADA compliance issues related to the shop’s entrances and interior spaces. Woodstock Pharmacy will remedy ADA compliance issues related to the shop’s entrances and interior by October 1, 2014.

Woodstock Pharmacy’s owner recognized the obligation to address the issues identified in the onsite survey. Gary Smith, owner of Woodstock Pharmacy, is to be commended for his cooperation with the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont.

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont worked in partnership with Tracey Tsugawa of the Vermont Human Rights Commission in addressing and resolving these important civil rights issues. Assistant United States Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest, with assistance from the Disability Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, handled this matter on behalf of the United States and is working with other Vermont businesses to resolve their ADA compliance issues.  Further information on the ADA and its requirements may be found at www.ada.gov.           

 

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