‘Make it clear for us’: Portland college student among group with disabilities suing city over tents on sidewalks

The 10 plaintiffs argue the city is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the federal Rehabilitation Act.

PORTLAND, Ore. — A group of people with mobility disabilities is suing the city of Portland over homeless camps and debris blocking city sidewalks.

The lawsuit argues that the city is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the federal Rehabilitation Act by failing to provide equal access to sidewalks. 

To many, commuting to and from work is an afterthought. But for some people with disabilities, like 22-year-old Lorien Welchoff, getting around on Portland’s sidewalks is a full-time job.

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