T. 7-13-94 AUG 3 1994 Ms. Belinda Gilzow-Carlton Executive Director Coalition of Texans with Disabilities 316 W.

12th Street, Suite 405 Austin, Texas 78701 Dear Ms. Gilzow-Carlton: The Attorney General has asked me to respond to your letter alleging that the Houston, Texas office of Representative Craig Washington does not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Section 509(b)(3) of the ADA provides that the rights and protections of the ADA apply to the conduct of the House of Representatives. However, this provision is implemented and enforced exclusively through regulations and procedures established by the Architect of the Capitol. The Department of Justice has no authority to investigate alleged violations of section 509. In addition, the space used as Representative Washington's office may be required to comply with the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968. That statute is enforced by the U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board). Alleged violations of the Architectural Barriers Act may be reported to the Access Board at 1331 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004-1111. I hope that this information is helpful to you. Sincerely, Deval L. Patrick Assistant Attorney General Civil Rights Division cc: Records, Chrono, Wodatch, Blizard, McDowney, FOIA, Friedlander n:\udd\blizard\control\gilzow 01-03337​

Coalition of Texans with Disabilities 316 W. 12th St., Suite 405 Austin, Texas 78701 (512) 478-3366 V/TDD FAX (512) 478-3370 June 14, 1994 Janet Reno U.S. Attorney General Department of Justice Constitution Ave. and 10th. St.NW Washington, DC 20530 Dear Ms. Reno: The Coalition of Texans with Disabilities would like to make a formal complaint against U.S. Representative Craig Washington for blatant disregard of our civil rights under the Americans Disabilities Act. Attached is a letter we sent to Representative Craig Washington today which lays out the history of his willful non-compliance and our advocates' efforts to inform and work with him to achieve compliance. Thank you for your attention to this matter. Please feel free to contact me for more information. FOR A BARRIER FREE SOCIETY, Belinda Gilzow-Carlton Executive Director cc: Devon Patrick Civil Rights Division U.S. Attorney General EMPOWERMENT THROUGH ACTION 01-03338 Coalition of Texans with Disabilities 316 W. 12th St., Suite 405 Austin, Texas 78701 (512) 478-3366 V/TDD FAX (512) 478-3370

June 14, 1994 The Honorable Craig Washington United States House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Congressman Washington: Members of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities have tried four times within the past two years to visit you or your staff at your Houston office, but have been unable to enter your offices because there is no accessible entrance and there is not accessible parking places. These are two known violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Because we were unable to enter the premises the violations inside your offices are unknown. Your staff member, Greg White, promised us that a ramp would be installed immediately when on our appointment to discuss healthcare reform on April 8, 1994 Glen Baker, who uses an electric wheelchair, feel backwards onto the concrete when he attempted to use a makeshift ramp of a piece of plywood placed against the curb by your staff. Steve Strubbe, of the CTD staff was able to clasp Mr. Baker's head and follow it to the ground preventing a head injury. Two months have passed, Mr. Washington, and there is no ramp and no attempt to come into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Today, Natalie Warner, of your Washington, D.C. office has advised me that you have stated that you have no intention to comply with the law and that our organization may take whatever action we deem necessary. Mr. Washington, we believed you to be a supporter of the civil rights of Texans with disabilities. You have been a Texas Representative; you voiced your support of disability rights at our conference ten years ago and you have been at the same Houston office since at least that year. Mr. Washington hold yourself out to be a civil rights advocate. Your failure to recognize our civil rights is incomprehensible. EMPOWERMENT THROUGH ACTION 01-03339 The Honorable Craig Washington

June 14, 1994 Page 2 Before filing suit, Mr. Washington, we will give you 10 days to make the corrections. Please note that this letter does not intend to inform you of your legal rights, but to state our position with respect to your substantial lack of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. We are also asking U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and the head of the Civil Rights Division, Devon Patrick, to investigate. FOR A BARRIER FREE SOCIETY, Belinda Carlton Executive Director cc: Helen Malveaux, Attorney Disability Advocacy Project Houston Jim Harrington, Attorney/Director Disability Advocacy Project Janet Reno U. S. Attorney General Devon Patrick Civil Rights Division U. S. Attorney General Rand Metcalfe Houston Center for Independent Living Lee Sanders Judy Ziegler ADAPT of Houston 01-03340 ​(Pictures) Outside U.S. Representative Craig Washington's Houston TX office --2323 Caroline 177004 01-03341