April 1, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster said today Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach has recently completed a number of modifications to meet accessibility standards for citizens with disabilities.
In 2009, Koster created the Division of Civil, Disability and Workers' Rights within the Attorney General's Office to emphasize protections for disabled Missourians. He said as part of that effort, the division actively seeks out public accommodations that do not meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Koster said the division identified concerns at Tan-Tar-A through these efforts.
"We reached out, and Tan-Tar-A's General Manager, Fred Dehner, responded immediately to our concerns and worked cooperatively with our office to make necessary changes to meet or exceed accessibility standards," Koster said. "Often, accessibility situations aren't addressed because they simply aren't in the forefront of people's minds. When we bring up these issues, businesses most often act quickly and cooperatively to deal with any accessibility shortcomings, just as Tan-Tar-A did."
Koster said modifications include renovating the front desk by lowering a section to 30 inches high to better accommodate guests in mobility devices; providing maps showing accessible routes; adding signage about services and equipment available for guests with disabilities; and providing training to all employees about how to assist guests who have disabilities.
Koster said his office continues to seek out areas of concern under ADA and urged Missourians who are aware of such situations to contact the Attorney General's Office Division of Civil, Disability and Workers' Rights at 314-340-4759.