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Newseum settles disabled access case

  • McClatchy Washington Bureau
  • Published Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at 12:13 p.m.

The Newseum in downtown Washington, D.C. will be making renovations to improve access for the disabled, under a settlement reached with the  Justice Department.

The 11-page settlement agreement reached made public Friday resolves alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The problems were uncovered as part of an ADA compliance review that began in May 2011.

As part of the agreement, the Newseum will provide additional wheelchair spaces and companion seats in a museum theater, provide listening devices for the deaf and hard-of-hearing and ensure that the operating controls of interactive programs are within reach of those in wheelchairs, among other changes.

The Newseum did not admit liability, as part of the agreement.

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