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Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma City, OK: (Aug-08-07) James Lawson of Stillwater, a former university graduate, and Access Now Inc., a Florida nonprofit, brought charges against Oklahoma State University (OSU), alleging that the university's Boone Pickens Stadium was not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Access Now helps disabled persons in their efforts to get owners of public places to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In a settlement reached, OSU agreed to build new accessible platforms to accommodate 175 wheelchair-assisted individuals and their companions. The stadium had some wheelchair accessible seats available before the 2005 lawsuit, but the additional seats will make the number of wheelchair accessible seats in the stadium more consistent with the percentage of disabled people in the general population. Further, the settlement would require that OSU make sure disabled people have the same choice of ticket prices that is available to the general public. OSU also agreed to pay $43,000 for attorney fees and costs. OSU officials stated that as part of the agreement, it will seek Lawson's advice on all future construction projects involving OSU athletic facilities. [NEWS OK: STADIUM ACCESSIBILITY]

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Published on Aug-10-07


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