Service Day 8-28-00: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

restroom On Service Day, ELT's new freshmen conducted an accessibility survey of the many restrooms of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Kennedy Center, a huge building, was designed prior to the enactment of either the Federal Rehabilitation Act or the Americans with Disabilities Act. Although many parts of the building have been renovated subsequently, no comprehensive records were maintained of whether or not the renovations had brought the facility into compliance with current regulations for accessibility by people with disabilities. After an extensive orientation to disability issues by the Kennedy Center staff and volunteers, ELT students conducted a thorough survey of the accessibility of the building's public restrooms, providing the center, for the first time, with an accurate accessibility data base.