Monday, December 31, 2007

Wheelchair Debate Still Rolling Along.

Gentlemen! Welcome to my newly accessible Big House lair.

If any of you are wondering if there has been any big updates with the Michigan Stadium renovation/disabled access situation, there have been none. So far, no official word has been announced whether or not UM is in compliance with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (although UM fervently claims that it is.)

Recently, UM has proposed the installation of 300 wheelchair accessible spots at each opening in the bowl, with the provision that the spots may be replaced with regular seating on an as-available basis.

The Office for Civil Rights rejected this offer because the seating wasn't permanent.

So much for compromise.

Where does the line between common sense and legislation need to be drawn?


Sgt. Wolverine said...

I'm hoping eventually the ADA pendulum will swing to adaptability, something U-M's suggestion exemplifies perfectly. If needed, accessible seating exists; if not, regular seating takes its place. I don't see why permanence is such an important feature.

But really, since U-M is a state institution, I don't have much hope for a reasonable solution to the occasionally ham-handed ADA demands.

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