Disabled rights group agrees to end court battle

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A northwestern Indiana advocacy group for people with disabilities has ended more than 16 years of litigation with a regional planning group.

Everybody Counts Inc.'s settlement with the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission was filed Friday in federal court in Hammond. It calls for Everybody Counts to end a legal action that would have extended a consent decree in exchange for the commission taking certain steps.

Everybody Counts board president Evelyn Rhenwrick tells The Times of Munster it's "been a long, hard-fought battle."

NIRPC Executive Director Tyson Warner says he wants to resolve differences that led the disability-rights group to file its legal action.

Everybody Counts obtained a 2006 federal consent decree requiring the planning group and several transit providers to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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