Disney gets autism ADA federal lawsuit moved to Orlando

Posted Tuesday, September 30, 2014 10:54 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A federal judge has transferred a California autism discrimination lawsuit against the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts to Orlando, after Disney argued for the transfer. The suit alleges that Disney’s Disability Access Service, which began in 2013, discriminates against autistic children because it no longer allows them to skip lines. Disney started the DAS program after ending its previous program, the Guest Assistance Card, because the older program was abused by wealthy people who hired guests with disabilities to help them skip lines.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Friday, October 3, 2014 8:41 AM
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Similarly, when I see a kid "misbehaving" in public, I tend to give the parent the benefit of the doubt. I don't know the underlying circumstances. I've carried my kid literally kicking and screaming out of places, through no parenting failure of my own. ASD is a strange beast that surfaces itself in many ways, and none of them are as obvious as a missing limb or a wheel chair.

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Friday, October 3, 2014 10:34 AM

Disclaimer: I'm about to be not so nice.

You guys forget we will always have folks out there continuously scanning for rule-breaking culprits. They are the ones who remember the details of incidents nine years ago, and probably because it was another proud moment where they got to make noise and cast themselves as Earth Coach, taking up for the downtrodden who apparently have forgotten how to take up for themselves. These people love to cause a scene, then step back to let "officials" sort it out, and if somebody loses their job over it more the better. Notice when this happens they don't actually leave well enough alone, but will stick around to see that everything turned out to their smug satisfaction.

Those people will scream bloody murder hoping to shame a family at an amusement park into doing the "right thing". (well, as long as its early enough in the day to make it worth their while...) Never mind if they were directly affected, or not, by the situation in the first place. And never mind if the situation turns out to be legitimate after all, it's better to call these potential infractions out right away without thought to possible extenuating circumstances, such as a non-apparent conditions like autism which has already been determined to cover a wide spectrum. As long as they stand corrected and apologize, after losing a word war, everything's ok. With them, anyway. Never mind how the recipient of their tirade feels.

Those people also look down upon minorities (mine included) and throw around Limbaugh-ian references to disadvantaged communities like Rio Linda like its a cute joke we're all gonna chuckle at. Yup, people sure are stupid, aren't they? They don't even know a self-coined phrase translates to "Black Friday"! yukkity yuk yuk.

At the same time those people actually pray to their God that airlines overbook flights. They eye the situation like hawks and then once an announcement is made jump up, knocking others down to volunteer. Not so that someone who really needs it can have the seat, no, but so they can get all kinds of free stuff out of the airlines then brag to everyone else how they worked 'em over. And,... ok. Technically there's nothing wrong with that, but I'd hardly call it a badge of honor. In fact if I was "that guy" I'd probably keep it quiet.

Friday, October 3, 2014 7:15 PM

I'm thinking some of these parents should spend less time suing Disney and more time being thankful that their autistic child functions well enough for them to even consider taking them to a place like Disney. I know of families that can't do something as simple as go to the grocery store with their child without having to worry about things going horribly wrong. As long as the child doesn't have to physically stand in the line for an hour they've been accomadating.


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