Disabled Parking Spots To Move From UW Campus To Area Ramps

Disability advocates are questioning a move on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

Right now, there are 73 free disabled parking spots on campus. Over the next year and a half that, number will be cut to 16, officials said. UW Transportation Services is moving a majority of its disabled parking spots to ramps, meaning visitors who use those spots will have to pay.

The group Disability Rights Wisconsin argues the spots won?t be close enough to campus facilities. They said the campus has become hostile against the physically disabled.

But university officials said they?re making the move to make sure the spots meet the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

?A lot of UW disabled spots are not wide enough, so those need to be improved and expanded,? said Casey Newman, associate director of UW Transportation Services.

Transportation officials said that they held several forums before making the changes.