Twitter Used by J-Students to Track Handicapped Spots

A class of j-students at the University of Minnesota Duluth recently tweeted from parking lots across the UMD campus.  Their aim, The Duluth News Tribune reports: Verifying how many handicapped spots were available in mid-morning on a typical weekday.

The Twitter report fleshed out a recent story in the student newspaper regarding complaints about a lack of free handicapped spaces near campus buildings.  “The assignment for students,” DNT noted, “was to team up and take laptops to each parking area of the campus at the same time, checking the 58 parking spots designated for drivers with physical handicaps and posting the status of each space immediately.”  What they found?  Only a few spots were free.


Kudos to UMD j-prof John Hatcher for overseeing the project and let’s hope related follow-ups can force school officials to add even a few more spots!  (The school is apparently up to code but officials should think about the spirit of the law as well.)

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