Bloomberg Law
Oct. 5, 2022, 3:37 PM

Disney’s Program for Autistic Guests Valid Under Disability Law

Bernie Pazanowski
Bernie Pazanowski

A guest at Disney World failed to convince the Eleventh Circuit that federal disability law requires the park to change its disability access service program to accommodate patrons with autism.

A.L. didn’t show that his suggested alterations to the DAS program were necessary under the Americans with Disability Act, the Tuesday opinion by Judge Barbara Lagoa said. The appeals court also upheld the district court’s finding that A.L.'s suggested accommodations would alter Walt Disney Parks and Resorts US Inc.‘s business model.

A.L. is in his late 20s, but his developmental age is “five-to-seven years old.” He uses one-word utterances ...

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