The case of Karantsalis v. City of Miami Springs raises many questions about statutes of limitations, progressive disability, and advocacy. In 2008, Theodore Karantsalis, sued the city of Miami Springs, Florida, alleging the city was in violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 because its facilities and infrastructure were inaccessible to him due to his multiple sclerosis. Later, he withdrew his lawsuit, believing he lacked constitutional standing because his symptoms at the time did not substantially limit his mobility. By 2019, Mr. Karantsalis’ multiple sclerosis had progressed and he required a wheelchair for mobility. He refiled his suit alleging the city and the city’s facilities, programs, and services were now inaccessible to him. The district court dismissed his suit, finding that Karantsalis was “barred by the four-year statute of limitations,” which was triggered before or during the 2008 suit when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. The district court decision was reversed by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, noting that Karantsalis did not have to sue until his disability resulted in a loss of mobility.
Join us for this episode of Disability Rights Today, as we welcome the Plaintiff-Appellate in this case, Theodore D. Karantsalis, and his attorney, Matthew Dietz to discuss the arguments of the case, the case findings, and what this case means for people with disabilities and the ADA.
- Host: Peter Blanck, JD, Ph.D.
Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute and University Professor at Syracuse University
- Attorney: Matthew W. Dietz, Esq.
Litigation Director – Disability Independence Group, Inc.
- Plaintiff-Appellate: Theodore D. Karantsalis
Miami Springs resident, activist, retired librarian, local journalist, and advocate for people with disabilities
- Audio: Soundcloud Episode 6: Karantsalis v. City of Miami Springs, Florida
- Interactive transcript: Episode 6: Karantsalis v. City of Miami Springs, Florida
- Transcript [PDF file]: Episode 6: Karantsalis v. City of Miami Springs, Florida
- Resource List:
Episode 6: Karantsalis v. City of Miami Springs, Florida
- Court Decision Brief:
Theodore D. Karantsalis v. City of Miami Springs, Florida (November 2021)