A FAIR SHAKE FOR DISABLED/HANDICAPPED COMMUNITY GARDENERS
- Subject: [cg] A FAIR SHAKE FOR DISABLED/HANDICAPPED COMMUNITY GARDENERS
- From: Commgarden@aol.com
- Date: Wed, 14 May 2003 03:56:36 EDT
Dear Co-Community Gardeners,
THIS IS AN URGENT REQUEST FOR ADVICE ABOUT GETTING COMPLIANCE WITH THE
"AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT"
FROM OUR COMMUNITY GARDEN 'LANDLORD'-OUR LOCAL PARK DISTRICT.
BACKGROUND: We, The Las Flores Community Garden in Thousand Oaks, California,
in keeping with the AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, intentionally and
specifically include in our bylaws people with disabilities among those
eligible for membership and make discrimination against them grounds for
dismissal from our community garden.
We have had a wriiten agreement for use of Conejo Recreation and Park
District land for our community garden since 2000, and have been given
repeated assurances that disabled access and parking will be provided, so
far to no avail. (By the way, the District has a long established program of
recreational therapy for people wth disabilities at another site).
There is a designated parking area some one hundred yards from the garden
over very uneven, unpaved ground , behind a gate that is only unlocked on
Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
A little over a week ago, two of our disabled members- one of whom has
emphasema and asthma and uses portable oxygen twenty-four hours a day- duly
parked in the designated area, walked to the garden, worked in the garden a
couple of hours until the onset of
of an asthma attack. Her partner called the Park District on his cell phone
to get someone to come unlock the gate so he could drive in to
transport his partner for medical help. He could not get a response and left
an understandably agitated message. The Park District now blames
him and her and takes offense at his choice of words("BS"), claiming he
should not have bothered the Park District!
Have any other community garden groups or individuals run into a similar
situation? Were you able to resolve it to the benefit of your members? How
was that accomplished?
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
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