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ARTICLE ID 195929

$________ – CAMP ACCUSED OF DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION FOR REFUSING TO ADMIT CHILD WITH EPILEPSY – ALLEGED VIOLATION OF ADA.

Washington County, DC

In this matter, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) accused a day camp of discriminating against a child with epilepsy. The matter was resolved via settlement.

The respondant, Camp Bravo, is a day camp that operates in Towson, Maryland, just outside Baltimore. The respondant refused to admit a child with epilepsy, due to the child needing emergency medication administered if she were to have a prolonged or acute repetitive seizure. Though the medication, Diastat, is designed to be administered by trained laypersons, the respondant would not permit non-medical staff to administer the medication, and later, refused to permit the camp nurse to accompany the child on field trips or bus rides. As a result, the child was not able to attend the camp for two consecutive summers.

The United States ultimately accused the respondant of violating Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).The matter was resolved with a settlement, in which the respondant agreed to admit the child for all future camp sessions of the child’s choosing, as long as she is of eligible age. The respondant will also pay $________ to the family to compensate them for the camp’s failure to admit the child when she previously applied, and will also train its staff on the ADA, and – if a child with epilepsy is enrolled in the camp – on epilepsy and seizures. The camp will also adopt and enforce a nondiscrimination policy, as well as an emergency anti-seizure medication administration policy and procedure. The respondant will also be subject to monitoring, regarding its compliance with the agreement for three years.

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