Accessibility in schools have become an issue in New York

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Advocates for Children found that 1 in 4 schools have no accessible classroom, though the city is making strides towards improving accessibility in school buildings. 

Other studies have found that two-thirds of New York City public schools are not fully accessible for students with physical disabilities. Four in ten schools have no accessible classroom at all.  

“No child should be turned away from a school because the facilities are not accessible,” Yahoo was told by Kim Sweet, executive director of Advocates for Children of New York, which published the analysis.

Federal law cites that people with disabilities are entitled to equal access to public programs and services, including public schools. 

This is a disappointing finding to say the least, as the city had allocated $750 million for school accessibility projects under the five-year capital plan, which is now in its final year.

Advocates are pushing for the city to allocate at least $1.25 billion for such projects through 2029, to make at least half of the city’s buildings fully accessible. 

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