"Access Now, Inc." was officially born in March of 1998 and subsequently many of you joined us at some point. You gave us your support; morally, logistically and financially, In turn, we pledged to you our promise of integrity, hard work, effectiveness and fairness for the disabled community as well as for the business community in regard to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
In December of 1999 we received from the Internal Revenue Service our 501(c)3 which officially designates us as a charitable organization. This means that all contributions are tax-deductible (in part or in total) for the year in which they are made.
We are the first ADA advocacy organization in South Florida which is directed solely by non-paid volunteers. Our President, Edward S. Resnick, who passed away in 2003, was a retired member of the Bar and worked entirely pro-bono, overseeing the work of the various law firms (eight) consulting firms (five) and inspectors (one) whose services we presently engage.
Experience has taught us that we generally do not succeed in achieving compliance without instituting a lawsuit, when appropriate; i.e., when we have determined that we have a bona-fide complaint(s) against a given entity. However, our goal in the near term has been to obviate the necessity and expense of going to trial by instead entering, during the course of litigation, into negotiations which conclude with a Stipulation for Settlement, which details how and within what time frame an entity will make the alterations which will result in its compliance under the law. We also try to minimize the legal and consultant fees incurred. Our ultimate goal is to sufficiently spread the word whereby public accommodations will make the necessary alterations on their own to comply with the law, instead of the prevailing attitude of waiting for someone to catch up with them. We believe that we have been fulfilling our promise as to the first goal and we are trying to fulfill our mission as to the second goal.