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Company Overview of The Franklin Institute

Company Overview

The Franklin Institute is a science and technology center that primarily focuses on promoting public understanding of science. The institute operates a science museum, which displays exhibits on subjects such as science and industry, physics, astronomy, and history and The Tuttleman IMAX Theater. In addition, it offers outreach education and access and special needs programs. The Franklin Institute was founded in 1824 and is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

222 North 20th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103-1194

United States

Founded in 1824

Phone:

215-448-1200

Fax:

215-448-1121

Key Executives for The Franklin Institute

President and Chief Executive Officer
Senior Vice president of Finance and Administration
Vice President of Development
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

The Franklin Institute Key Developments

Judge Rules Franklin Institute Violated ADA

The Franklin Institute violated the Americans with Disabilities Act multiple times over several years when it required a visitor, a quadriplegic man, to pay for his personal care attendant to enter the museum and accompany him to special exhibits and movies in its IMAX Theater, according to a judge's ruling issued on May 6. Michael Anderson is a 35-year-old man who "requires a personal care attendant ('PCA') twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, to assist with eating, dressing, toileting, bathing, manual dexterity, safety, and physical mobility, including transfer to and from bed and wheelchair direction, among other activities." In a civil suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Anderson said the Franklin Institute, the city's beloved interactive science museum, required him to have a dual membership - which is $25 more than a single membership - in 2013 and 2014 to cover the cost of general admission for himself and his PCA, and expected payment for the PCA to enter the IMAX Theater or any special exhibits with Anderson. U.S. District Court Judge Gerald Austin McHugh ruled in favor of Anderson and his co-plaintiff, nonprofit Vision for Equality, saying the Franklin must halt its "discriminatory practices and [is] ordered to adopt a clear and enforceable policy and practice of waiving any and all admission fees for paid Personal Care Attendants accompanying severely disabled clients in a formal capacity".

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