Michigan Stadium Is at the Center of Pending ADA Litigation

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Ohh 407 Ab Where Mike Harris sits for the majority of his waking hours was decided when a car accident in September 1986 left him instantly paralyzed. Now, on the one or two Saturdays every fall that Harris, executive director of the Paralyzed Veterans of America's Michigan chapter, attends a college football game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, he'd like to at least choose where he parks his wheelchair.

As it stands, selection is limited to 45 wheelchair-accessible spots spread along row 72 in the south end zone, and another 45 in the north end zone. And that's not good enough - not for Harris, whose PVA group is mounting a legal challenge to the University of Michigan's seating practices based on the Americans with Disabilities Act, and not for the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, which within the past year has repeatedly informed Michigan that its stadium is not in compliance with the ADA.

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