Education Department Forces University To Upgrade Access
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 23, 2005
JONESBORO, ARKANSAS--Arkansas State University is undergoing $200,000 worth of improvements to make the campus more accessible to people with disabilities.
The Associated Press reported Monday that the school is, among other things, equipping library elevators with audible signals for blind patrons and the stadium with wheelchair-accessible seating, while adding dozens more accessible spaces in the parking lots.
The renovations came after the Civil Rights Office of the U.S. Department of Education intervened to make sure ASU complies with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock set up a committee to deal with access issues nearly a decade ago, the AP noted. That committee has an annual budget of between $35,000 and 40,000 to add accessibility features such as automatic doors on its university's campus.