Report: Disney faces disability lawsuit

By Patrick Santomauro, Producer, psantomauro@wkmg.com
Published On: Apr 09 2014 07:34:41 AM EDT
Updated On: Apr 09 2014 07:53:45 AM EDT

The Walt Disney Company faces a disability lawsuit as families claim its theme parks don't do enough to accommodate the needs of autistic children, according to a report.

ORLANDO, Fla. -

Several families have filed a lawsuit against The Walt Disney Company, claiming its theme parks don't do enough to accommodate the needs of autistic children.

According to Reuters, 16 families say the company's theme parks, including Walt Disney World in Orlando, violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The families argue it is more difficult for children with autism to wait in long lines for attractions, according to the report. However, the plaintiffs say Disney does not recognize the difficulty and provide assistance for autistic children.

Disney Parks recently changed its policy for "disability access service." The parks used to offer a special card that would allow guests with disabilities to schedule specific times to visit attractions. However, in October 2013, Disney ended the card program after reports that guests would hire disabled people in order to skip the long lines.

In a statement to Reuters, The Walt Disney Company said it has an "unwavering commitment" to accommodating all guests of its parks. The Walt Disney Company also said it follows all ADA requirements.

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