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Camp or Company – Accommodations are Important

Although the following involves a camp and not a company, it still speaks to the issue of #accommodations.

The Justice Department signed a settlement agreement today with Camp Bravo, a day camp that operates in Towson, Maryland, just outside Baltimore. The settlement resolves allegations that Camp Bravo violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by denying a child admission to the camp because she has epilepsy and requires administration of the emergency medication Diastat if she were to have a prolonged or acute repetitive seizure. Though Diastat is designed to be administered by trained laypersons and could save the child’s life, Camp Bravo 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 Camp Bravo for two consecutive summers. Under the agreement, Camp Bravo will admit the child for all future camp sessions for which she is eligible, and will pay $8,000 to the family to compensate them for Camp Bravo’s failure to admit the child in the past. The agreement also requires staff training and changes to the camp’s policies and procedures.

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