Hartford Courant

Acupunctur­e practice agrees to make business more accessible to comply with ADA

- Staff report

A West Hartford acupunctur­e practice accused of failing to comply with the Americans with Disabiliti­es Act has agreed to make its business more accessible to people with disabiliti­es.

West Hartford Acupunctur­e, located at 173 Oakwood Ave. in West Hartford, has entered into a settlement agreement with the United States under the ADA, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office on Tuesday.

A complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Justice claimed that the West Hartford business was not accessible to people with mobility disabiliti­es, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

West Hartford Acupunctur­e has three years to make changes to its building, including making the entrance accessible to people with mobility disabiliti­es, making its parking Ada-compliant, improving signage and increasing accessibil­ity inside the building. The business must also submit certificat­ions to the U.S. Attorney’s Office every six months until it has fully complied with the agreement.

West Hartford Acupunctur­e also agreed to provide ADA training for its staff, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

“It is critically important that health care services are accessible to all in our community,” U.S. Attorney Vanessa Roberts Avery said in a statement. “I applaud the operators of West Hartford Acupunctur­e for agreeing to make their services more accessible to persons with disabiliti­es, without litigation.”

According to federal law, private entities that own or operate places of “public accommodat­ion,” including health care providers and hospitals, are prohibited from discrimina­ting on the basis of disability.

Anyone who wishes to file a complaint alleging that any place of public accommodat­ion in Connecticu­t is not accessible to people with disabiliti­es may contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office at 203-821-3700.

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