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IMS to Begin Compliance with American Disabilities Act

1/10/2013


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An agreement has been reached to bring Indianapolis Motor Speedway into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett says the agreement calls for IMS to give a progress report every 90 days, and full compliance within 30 months.  IMS Director of Engineering Kevin Forbes says many areas, like certain restrooms and parking lots, have already been made compliant. Forbes says they continue to look at which stands can be altered, because he says some stands are "almost impossible" to alter due to their age.

Forbes says they're also looking at where any ramps or elevators could be built on the grounds for easier access for the disabled. One of the changes includes more viewing mounds in the infield, which could be complete by May.

Daniel Ward filed the complaint that eventually led to the agreement, after he was denied access to the pits in his wheelchair. Ward says he's pleased with the agreement and looks forward to a more accessible IMS.

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