Total number of families with autistic children suing Disney on discrimination claim at least 58

Posted Monday, May 18, 2015 10:33 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Fourteen families of people with autism filed a lawsuit against Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts in California state court on Tuesday. This brings to at least 58 the number of families who are suing Disney, alleging its new Disability Access Service violates laws protecting disabled people from discrimination.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Monday, May 18, 2015 10:35 AM

The more of these I see, the more I think this has nothing to do with the kids at all. We don't use the system at all, but we've talked to families who do, and they get it. They're not looking for special treatment, they're looking for a way to mitigate the queue problem, and this does it if you play along.

Monday, May 18, 2015 10:51 AM

This sounds more like they are just exploiting a disability for special treatment. I'm autistic and I don't feel entitled to special privileges at an amusement park. It doesn't affect my ability to wait in line at all. I saw another person here get special treatment at Six Flags for being deaf. Skip the line privileges should only be for those with mobility disorders as that makes it difficult for them to wait in line normally.

Monday, May 18, 2015 11:22 AM

Autism is different for everyone, that's why they classify it as a "spectrum." The point is that the system is workable and fair. If it doesn't work, it's because you're telling your kid, "We have to wait until this time," which will cause an issue for some kids. I get it, mine struggles to understand why we have to wait for a FP time. So I just don't tell him about it until it's time. There are always other things to do to kill time.

This isn't discrimination... it's the fairest possible outcome for everyone.

Monday, May 18, 2015 11:41 AM

I'm on the higher functioning end of the spectrum, my specific diagnosis is Pervasive Development Disorder. You couldn't tell I was on the spectrum just by looking at me. I can walk, talk and do everything normally. I even graduated from a normal high school and college with very little accommodations. I've managed to work several jobs before and I'm currently a self-employed web and graphic designer. I've seen this case come up a few times on here. I'm still not seeing the point of it. I'd read the article, but it requires registration.

Last edited by Thabto, Monday, May 18, 2015 12:33 PM
Monday, May 18, 2015 4:04 PM

I hope Disney fights this, because they are accommodating already to the best of their ability to be FAIR.

If karma works, the people throwing this bogus lawsuit will have legal bills to pay.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 1:08 PM

Not likely that the families are going to have to pay any legal bills on this if they lose. Normally in cases like this where it is the little guys vs the big corporations the lawyers will only get paid if they win, and thus they will only take the case if they expect to win, meaning, these families will get something out of this. My guess is that it quietly gets settled out of court, Disney changes the terms and conditions you unconsciously agree to when purchasing a ticket from them, and that will be the last you hear about all of this.


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