I’ve just been alerted to a new posting of inaccuracies regarding my architectural access facility complaint about the Armory.
On Wednesday, March 28, 2012, Courtney O’Keefe posted “Armory Gets New Entrance, Support!” on the Ward 5 online blog. This post sounds like it rejoices in the malicious attack against myself, Eileen Feldman, and the Community Access Project– for taking action to ensure that when the U.S. Surgeon General came to town, it was in an accessible venue.
here’s what Ms. O’Keefe states:
“Following numerous complaints that resulted in a unfavorable ruling from the Architectural Access Board, the Armory has now moved forward in completely reconstructing the entrance. “
How many is numerous, Ms. O’Keefe?
One? Two? there was one facility complaint, which resulted in multiple violations being citied. There was one parking lot complaint- since those have to be filed separate from building complaints- and that complaint was also upheld by the Board.
How “unfavorable” is the truth, Ms. O’Keefe?
CAPS’ citations were completely truthful- we provided carefully measurements with photos- and the only purpose in our filing the complaint was to ensure that the Armory’s popular programs would allow persons with physical and sensory disAbilities to enter and use this building just like everyone without disAbilities.
Our objectives were to allow artists with disAbilities, anyone of any age and abilities, and anyone, without discrimination or qualifications, to use the Armory, independently and in any role we wished, in an equal and integrated manner.
Finally, it is stated that the Public Health Director’s letter gave a “boost” to the Armory.
The Public Health Director’s letter is false in all ways- and intended to produce harm to our work and colleagial relationships- because she insinuates that CAPS “attacks” nonprofits. In fact we have never received a cent for our pro bono work with non-profits AND with for-profits- and have achieved accessibility for all as the result.
Again, just to be really clear: The Armory complaint was about a facility- not an attack against anyone. The Armory’s facility management is listed as the Highland Armory Realty Trust. This $3 million dollar renovation needs to include minimal accessibility standards being met.
The facts relevant to expose the Public Health Director’s inaccuracies are posted online at Somerville, MA: Civil Rights Discrimination in Motion, circa 2012
It sounds like the ward5online post joins in villifying me and other individuals with disAbilities that work with the Community Access Project— because we used legitimate procedures to ensure that the minimal public safety department’s architectural access standards be met.
Was that your intent, Ms. O’Keefe?