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Williams-Brice to provide handicap parking access for home football games

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The University of South Carolina has settled a federal complaint by agreeing to provide handicap parking access at Williams-Brice Stadium for home football games.

United States Attorney Reginald Lloyd made the announcement Wednesday.

A disabled fan filed the complaint in 2006 with the US Attorney's Office pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, alleging the University was violating federal law by not providing reasonable access to the stadium for handicapped citizens.

The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights investigated the allegations and determined that the University was not in compliance with the Act.

In resolving the complaint, the University agreed to ensure that sufficient accessible parking would be available in a designated area at all home football games, and that lift-equipped
transportation would be provided between the stadium and the designated parking lot.

"I commend the University of South Carolina for recognizing that the parking situation at the stadium in effect denied handicapped fans access to the games. Its willingness to help this group of fans make USC a real winner," said Lloyd in a written news release.

The case was investigated by the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, with assistance from the U.S. Attorney's Office's Americans with Disabilities Act team.

Posted by Bryce Mursch

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