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Woman loses appeal in Christmas concert wheelchair case

November 9, 2018

BOONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled against a woman who accused a southwestern Indiana school district of violating federal law by holding Christmas concerts in a venue without wheelchair access.

Mycal Ashby uses a motorized wheelchair. She sued the Warrick County School Corporation in 2016, alleging that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by staging school choir Christmas concerts at the Warrick County Museum.

Ashby said she couldn’t watch her son’s choir performances in 2014 and 2015 because both years the museum lacked elevator access to the second-floor venue.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports a panel of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted the school district’s motion for summary judgment Monday.

It found that a lower court correctly ruled that the concerts weren’t school activities.

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Information from: Evansville Courier & Press, http://www.courierpress.com

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