Justice Department Reaches Settlement Agreement with the National Museum of Crime and Punishment

The Justice Department announced today that it has entered into a Settlement Agreement with the National Museum of Crime and Punishment (Crime Museum). The museum is devoted to exploring the history of crime, law enforcement, forensic science, and crime scene investigation. The agreement resolves the Department’s allegations that the museum is not accessible as required by the Americans with Disabiliites Act (ADA) because some of its programs, exhibits, and facilities are not accessible to people with disabilities, including individuals who are blind or have low vision or are deaf or hard of hearing, and individuals who have disabilities affecting manual dexterity.  Under the agreement, the Crime Museum will adopt measures to ensure that users with disabilities are able to fully and equally enjoy all of its programs, exhibits, and facilities by taking measures such as providing staff assistance or pre-recorded audio description of program and exhibit information for patrons who are blind or have low vision, providing a printed coy of program information not available in print, for patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing, ensuring that its website conforms to the Level AA Success Criteria and Conformance Requirements of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (‘WCAG”) 2.0 level AA, and removing physical barriers such as protruding objects, inaccessible routes, and restroom barriers.

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