Texas Civil Rights Project Files Citizen's Complaint Against City of Midland

Texas Civil Rights Project Files Citizen's Complaint Against City of Midland

The group works to bring awareness to issues people with disabilities still face.
ODESSA, TX (Local Big 2 News) -- This weekend marks the 24th anniversary of the the Americans with Disabilities Act being signed into law.
Tonight, the Texas Civil Rights Project, here in the Basin, works to bring awareness to issues people with disabilities still face. The group actually filed a citizen's complaint with the City of Midland, and now they want answers.

"They see you and you're disabled and they go, ain't that bad, that's too bad," said Ann Burney, who lives with disabilities.

Ann Burney gets around the Basin in a walker.

"These things are really great, these rolling walkers are so cool," said Burney.

Right now, she has no choice.

"I've had a, I have a real bad infection in my leg, now I'm to the point where most of the time I scoot myself, I can't even push the walker," said Burney.

When you're disabled, it's not easy getting from one place to another.

"There's so many places where I have to push the thing down or pull it up, and if I'm carrying groceries and things on my cart it's really hard," said Burney.

Saturday marks the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

"My aunt was disabled from the time she was 10 and then she went blind, and I remember how people looked at her," said Burney.

The Texas Civil Rights Project, right here in the Basin, decided to take a closer look at federal housing funds received by local cities, but they ended up finding something interesting within the Tall City.

"A document they are supposed to create, identifying the barriers for fair housing for people in the community was severely lacking," said Texas Civil Rights Project member Cassandra Champion.

The group learned a little bit more about the document.

"It didn't have enough information about the number of individuals with disabilities in the community or how it is that they are finding and receiving assistance," said Champion.

So, they filed a citizen's complaint with the City of Midland.

"Many rental properties don't have the adequate ramps, or grab bars in the bathroom," said Champion.

The city released a statement regarding the complaint.

"We will use these recommendations to immediately begin the evaluation of our analysis of impediments. This will allow us to reevaluate our actions, investigate new impediments, and put in writing our practice of planning according to the needs of all citizens," said Public Information Officer for the City of Midland Sara Higgins.

"I think it's important and it's certainly a step in the right direction," said Burney.

Burney leaves us with a special message.

"Whenever you see someone who's really crippled, touch them and say hello or God loves you," said Burney.

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