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March 28, 2013

Columbia Council panel seeks handicapped accessibility review

A committee of Columbia City Council has recommended that council hire a consultant to evaluate how accessible City Hall is to people with disabilities, and to train city workers on federal laws that govern the physically challenged.

A committee of Columbia City Council has recommended that council hire a consultant to evaluate how accessible City Hall is to people with disabilities, and to train city workers on federal laws that govern the physically challenged.

The Environment and Infrastructure Committee this week suggested the hiring of Kimberly Tissot, director of ABLE South Carolina, an advocacy organization. Tissot would be paid $600 to assess the historic building and parking immediately around it.

Committee chairwoman Tameika Isaac Devine said she would like council to authorize a fuller analysis of city buildings and parks to determine which may be in violation of the federal Americans With Disabilities Act.

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