Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Amusement Park Access Settlement

See this article from the Greeley (Col.) Tribune. The article begins:

A 16-year-old Gilcrest girl and her family have reached an agreement with the Greeley Independence Stampede and a carnival ride company, following an anti-discrimination lawsuit.

Chelsea Warne, her mother Menda Warne and the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition sued the Stampede and Bill Hames Shows in August 2004, alleging discrimination because Chelsea uses a wheelchair.

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Denver because Chelsea sued under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act.

The Warnes sued after Chelsea was required, for the third time in four years, to get out of line for a ride at the Stampede midway and have a parent or guardian sign a release of liability.

Under the settlement, Hames Shows has changed its policies so people with disabilities will no longer have to sign a release before riding the attractions. Safety signs will also be changed so disabled people will not be singled out -- before, signs required disabled people to be accompanied by someone responsible for their safety.


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