Disability rights groups sue MTA for excluding elevator at newly renovated Bronx subway station

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The MTA is rolling over the rights of disabled people by failing to make newly renovated stations wheelchair accessible, a new class action lawsuit charges.

In papers filed in Manhattan Federal Court, two disability advocacy groups say the MTA ignored the legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act when they performed a $21 million renovation of the Middletown Road station in the Bronx, but failed to include an elevator.

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.