LEXINGTON, Ky. – The federal government has reached an agreement with a northern Kentucky dentistry practice, which will increase access to dental services for patients with disabilities.
The settlement agreement resolves a compliance investigation, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), into North Fort Mitchell Family Dentistry. The investigation was initiated by a complaint to the U.S. Department of Justice, asserting the dentistry office was not accessible to people who used wheelchairs. The ADA prohibits places of public of accommodation, including the professional offices of health care providers, from discriminating against individuals with disabilities and requires them to remove architectural barriers to access.
As part of the agreement, the practice’s owner has agreed to add accessible parking, install a wheelchair lift, and post signage. Some of the required work under the agreement has already been completed.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky, in partnership with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, enforces a variety of federal statutes that prohibit various forms of discrimination, including the ADA, through its Affirmative Civil Enforcement (“ACE”) section. This matter was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Carrie Pond.
For more information on the ADA, visit ADA.gov or call the Justice Department’s toll-free ADA information Line at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TTY).
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