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University Of Chicago Agrees To Improve Accessibility
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 20, 2006

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--The University of Chicago has agreed to make a number of improvements to comply with the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act under a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

According to a Justice Department press release, the settlement would resolve a number of accessibility violations under Title III of the ADA, which compels privately owned places of public accommodation, including universities, to remove barriers to accessibility.

Under the agreement, the university agreed to, among other things, improve accessibility elements including doors, restrooms, signage and entrances; ensure that all buildings and facilities meet accessibility standards; develop plans for evacuating people with disabilities during emergencies; ensure that campus transportation complies with ADA guidelines; and ensure that three percent of dormitory units are accessible to students with disabilities.

Justice Department spokesperson Cynthia Magnuson told Inside Higher Ed that about 10 other colleges are currently undergoing reviews similar to the one that prompted the University of Chicago settlement agreement.

Related:
"Justice Department Announces Settlement with University of Chicago" (U.S. Department of Justice)

http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2006/July/06_crt_441.html
"Enforcing the Disabilities Law" (Inside Higher Ed)
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2006/07/19/ada

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