A top executive at an organization that has been the focus of a months-long investigation by the ABC15 Investigators has called it quits.
Jennifer Rogers has stepped down as Executive Director for "Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities Foundation," or "AID" for short.
AID is behind a wave of lawsuits aimed at Valley businesses.
The suits focus on alleged "Americans with Disabilities Act" (ADA) violations in parking lots.
AID has hailed itself as a civil rights champion.
Businesses the ABC15 Investigators have spoken with say the group is really just about making money, and has little interest in enforcing compliance with the ADA.
Rogers sent the following statement to ABC15 in response to questions about her resignation:
My role in public relations was to get information out about the Americans with Disabilities Act, and help provide life-saving medical gifts to AID recipients. To date, I was able to deliver life-saving gifts to over 250 people. Over the last six months, AID received media coverage from all over the world, causing hundreds of thousands of people to talk about ADA for the first time in 26 years.
While the conversations, enforcement, and foundation giving are important, my personal ideals were not in alignment with the organization.
I cherish the families I have met through foundation giving, and they have inspired me more than they will ever know. I have seen discrimination, threats, and harm that comes from hate, and I have a true understanding of the difficulties fighting for accessibility for all.