Lawmakers support improved accessibility for persons with disabilities to Seymour Post Office

In a letter from U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, to Mr. David Mastroianni, Connecticut Valley District Manager of the United States Postal Services, the lawmakers request that recent changes in accessibility to the Seymour Post Office, which have “created an unacceptable burden for persons with disabilities” be “expeditiously” remedied to “restore equal access to the Seymour Post Office.”

The letter states:

“The expectation that customers with disabilities must set up on-street appointments or use a call-in number to arrange a time for service is an unreasonable one. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the burden to provide accommodations falls on federal facilities, not on disabled persons themselves. Intentionally or not, the status quo has that equation backwards.”

“We have fought and advocated for improved access to federally funded facilities for people with disabilities. The USPS has previously worked with communities to find adequate solutions, so that their buildings are accessible to all customers, regardless of disability. It is our hope that the USPS will comply with the spirit and letter of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Architectural Barriers Act.”

“We therefore respectfully request that the USPS work with the Town of Seymour and the community to provide equal access to the Seymour Post Office. We also ask that you keep our offices updated on any developments in this matter.”

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