Don’t believe everything you read. In the various articles, stories and reports you’ll find online regarding disability access litigation, the media makes it sound as though public accommodations and commercial facilities are victims. The media uses the phrases like shakedown, predatory, or extortion to describe disability access lawsuits. In response to the perceived ‘threat’ posed by people with disabilities enforcing their rights, recent laws have created a maze of new hurdles and loopholes that tend to discourage people with disabilities from making use of the legal system to enforce disability rights and that make it easier for public accommodations and commercial facilities to avoid responsibility for their legal duties. Don’t be fooled. Government enforcement of laws protecting the rights of people with disabilities is insufficient and private enforcement is required to achieve equality and compliance with minimum standards. The fact remains that private enforcement is necessary and is an intended consequence of our disability rights laws.