tOPIC OF THE mONTH
In the News
Two recent articles about lawsuits that have been filed on behalf of people with developmental disabilities caught my attention.
The other is more of a personal thing – a matter of opinion that I haven’t even fully flushed out for myself yet. The fact that I found these two stories in succession makes me compare and contrast the two suits. Obviously, the first one involves health and basic services. It also affects Medicaid recipients who are typically low-income families. The second comes from families who feel their children are missing out on equal opportunities for recreation.
Another article posted on a blog called "Theme Park Insider" talks about the difference between access and preferred treatment.
Neither Disney nor any other theme park company can sustain a system that gives all of these people front-of-the-line access. But, fortunately for Disney (though not for the families affected by this change), the law doesn't require that Disney does that. The Americans with Disabilities Act simply requires that institutions create facilities and procedures accessible to persons with disabilities. It does not provide for nor demand preferred access.