MIAMI – A handicapped student has filed a lawsuit against Miami-Dade Community College and district board of trustees alleging that a campus in Miami has architectural barriers that prohibit access to the disabled.

Helen Swartz filed a complaint on April 1 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division against the defendants alleging that they failed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Standards for Accessible Design provisions.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that she suffered and will continue to suffer irreparable harm as a result of the illegal barriers at the defendants' Wolfson Campus in its restrooms and other areas. The plaintiff holds Miami-Dade Community College and the district board of trustees responsible because the defendants allegedly have discriminated against her by denying her access to full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages and/or accommodations being offered at the property.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an order for defendants to alter the subject facility to make it readily accessible to and useable by individuals with disabilities, compensation for damages, reasonable attorney’s fees and costs and for such other relief as it deems necessary, just and proper. She is represented by Lawrence A. Fuller of Fuller, Fuller & Associates PA in North Miami.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Miami Division Case number 1:16-cv-21168

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