(PRWEB) August 27, 2014
On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 26 plaintiffs in a pending legal action against Disney moved to add another 69 plaintiffs to the lawsuit. Plaintiffs assert that Disney’s new accessibility program, the Disability Access Service (DAS), violates the Americans with Disabilities Act in its application to persons with autism and other cognitive impairments. The 95 total plaintiffs would include 52 persons with autism and similar developmental disorders, along with 43 parents and grandparents. According to court documents, the families allege that while the new DAS might adequately accommodate other types of disabilities, it is unsuitable for application to persons with autism. They further allege that Disney inflexibly applies the DAS to all disabled persons, treating all of them the same and without performing an individualized assessment of the needs of particular disabled theme park guests.
In a related declaration filed with the court in Los Angeles, Counsel for Plaintiffs, Andy Dogali disclosed that his office has been contacted by at least 280 families in which someone professes to be a victim of Disney’s allegedly discriminatory DAS policy, as drafted and implemented. (Docket #49)
This action is pending in the United States District Court, Central District of California. Case No.: 2:14-cv-003327