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Arizona Disability Groups Work To Stop 'Cure Period' Legislation

Disability groups are coming together ahead of the Arizona legislative session to try to stop a bill that could limit their access to public places.

They’re using the hashtag "NOAccessAZ" to make their point.

What does having access mean to you? It’s something Larry Wanger, the executive director of the Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council, and other disability advocates are asking the public.

"I just think it means the freedom to do what everyone else does, that they take for granted, to participate in the community, to be able to purchase the goods and services you need, to go to the activities you want to go to," Wanger said.

And now there’s a sense of urgency.

Arizona Sen. John Kavanagh said he plans to introduce legislation that would give businesses 90 days to fix a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Wanger said that isn’t the right solution.

But Kavanagh said a cure period is necessary after more than a thousand Valley businesses were sued by a controversial disability group.

KJZZ senior field correspondent Kathy Ritchie has 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local media outlets — nearly a decade of it has been spent in public media.