ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -The University of Michigan on Monday proposed offering more wheelchair accessible seating at its football stadium following a federal report saying the facility violates the law.
If the school's proposal is accepted, the number of wheelchair accessible seats would increase to about 592 by the 2010 season. That includes 90 current seats, 207 seats as part of an expansion project and 295 additional seats.
``The university will supplement current platforms in the stadium for wheelchairs and companion seats by constructing and installing in the bowl of the stadium the maximum number of places for wheelchair users and companion seats that are structurally feasible,'' the school said in a letter to the U.S. Department of Education.
The department said in a report to the university last month that the school continues to violate a law requiring wheelchair accessibility at Michigan Stadium and risks losing millions in financial aid.
The school has disagreed with the report's findings and maintains the university is complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It also has said the $226 million stadium renovation is unrelated to claims in federal report.
The university faces a federal lawsuit filed by the Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America claiming that the current stadium design is inaccessible and the renovation plan won't fix the problem.
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