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Autistic visitors can proceed with lawsuits against Disney

Discussion in 'Disney Vacation Club - DVC' started by RNCollins, Aug 24, 2018.

  1. RNCollins

    RNCollins TUG Lifetime Member

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    Autistic visitors can proceed with lawsuits against Disney
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/life...80770dcddc2_story.html?utm_term=.739e3c38b946

    By Mike Schneider / AP / The Washington Post / August 20, 2018

    “ORLANDO, Fla. — Visitors with severe autism can move ahead with their lawsuits claiming Disney’s U.S. parks didn’t do enough to accommodate their need for scheduled routines and no waits on its rides, according to a federal appeals court.

    The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week ruled that plaintiffs in 30 lawsuits can proceed in a lower court with their claims against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. People with severe autism often have difficulties with social interaction and communication and often adhere to rigid routines.

    A district judge in Florida had ruled previously that Disney was accommodating the autistic visitors and dismissed the claims in 2016. The autistic visitors appealed to the court in Atlanta.

    Under the parks’ current program, Disney allows visitors with disabilities to get a special card giving them an “appointment time” to get on a ride after the specified time with little to no wait. The card allows them to get unlimited “appointment times” throughout the day and allows them to get on rides immediately if the wait is less than 15 minutes. Disney workers also have the discretion to hand out readmission passes to visitors with disabilities, allowing them to get back on a ride immediately....”

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  2. TravelTime

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    Now this is going too far. I am not autistic but I have my own mental problems. I also have meltdowns due to an inability to wait and express distress at small changes in my routine. Autistic folks are not the only ones with this problem. Can I sue Disney too?

    I think it is an honor to accommodate people who have mental and physical disabilities, but not a requirement.

    In California, disability lawyers are doing drive by's and suing business owners. This is an abuse of the law.
     
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  3. pedro47

    pedro47 TUG Review Crew: Expert TUG Member

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    This is going to open a can of worms for all amusement parks in the USA, IMHO,
     
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    What more do people want? A private tour guide? Let’s throw in free admission while we’re at it. Ridiculous!
     
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    As the mom of an adult with Autism and another adult with Down syndrome, I think this lawsuit has gone too far. There are many people, disabled or not, that have difficulty waiting in lines. What these people in the lawsuit want is immediate access to any ride and multiple times in a row if the disabled person desires. Hopefully they will not win because if they do win, the general population will see increased wait times and animosity towards the disabled population getting preferred treatment. We follow the DAS rules as they are today and along with the FP system, it suits us just fine.
     
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    Your response is very "fair minded"
     
  7. DaveNW

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    With the size of the crowds at Disney, I can see situations where there could be group after group of Autistic people taking ALL the seats on a ride at one time, then getting back on the same ride again and again. They could effectively hijack the ride for a long time. Fair is fair, but preferential treatment beyond a certain point is unfair to everyone else. (Yes, I realize my example is extreme, but it COULD happen, if enough Autistic people were in the park at the same time.)

    Dave
     

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