United States Reaches Settlement Agreement with Bucks County Summer Camp to Resolve Allegations of Disability Discrimination
PHILADELPHIA (STL.News) Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced today that Briarwood Recreation, Inc., d/b/a Briarwood Day Camp (“Briarwood”), located in Furlong, PA, resolved allegations that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by denying a child the opportunity to participate in summer day camp programs because of his Type 1 diabetes (also known as insulin dependent diabetes).
The settlement resolves a complaint filed by parents of a young child alleging that, after the boy was diagnosed with Type I diabetes in 2017, Briarwood refused to permit him to continue to participate in the 2017 summer program, and also that Briarwood refused to consider and provide reasonable modifications that would allow the child to attend the 2018 summer day camp program. The complaint was filed under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Title III of the ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by any person or entity, including any private camp or childcare program, that operates a place of public accommodation. Under the ADA, such entities must make reasonable modifications to their policies, practices or procedures when necessary to provide equal access to a child with a disability, unless a modification would fundamentally alter the nature of the goods and services.