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Thomas J. Turner, paraplegic fought for accessibility for the disabled to sports venues and buses
Thomas J. Turner, paraplegic fought for accessibility for the disabled to sports venues and buses

Thomas J. Turner, a paraplegic who brought the issue of accessibility to the public's attention after being deemed a "fire hazard" for blocking a ramp at the old Memorial Stadium, died Sunday at his Ruxton home of heart failure. He was 57. "I like to think of Tom as the Rosa Parks of the disability movement in Baltimore. It was his insistence on seeing a ... game at Memorial Stadium that led to all kinds of changes," said Andrew D. Levy, a partner in the Baltimore law firm of Brown Goldstein & Levy who teaches at the University of Maryland School of Law. "He was a catalyst for change and had a spark about him," said Mr. Levy. "He loved life and did...

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