AUTISM ~ Justice Dept Reaches Settlement with YMCA

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  1. Janna

    Janna New Member

    child care:

    Good!

    Justice Department Reaches Settlement With YMCA Child Care Centers Over
    Policies Relating to Children With Autism

    PRNewswire - The Justice Department today announced a settlement
    agreement with the West End YMCA, headquartered in Ontario, Calif.,
    that
    resolves an investigation into alleged discrimination under the
    Americans
    with Disabilities Act (ADA). The agreement covers associated YMCA
    branches
    in Ontario, Chino, Upland, and Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
    The underlying complaint filed with the Justice Department
    alleged
    that the West End YMCA terminated a child from its after-school child
    care
    program because the child has autism. Under the agreement, the West End
    YMCA
    will implement policies and procedures to ensure that children with
    disabilities are afforded a full and equal opportunity to participate
    in and
    benefit from YMCA child care programs. Procedures for requesting
    reasonable
    modifications to the child care program will be published in the
    organization's parent handbooks, and YMCA staff involved in child care
    decisions will be trained on ADA obligations in the child care setting.
    The
    West End YMCA also agreed to pay monetary damages to the complainant.
    "Ensuring that children with disabilities, and their families,
    have
    equal access to reliable child care goes to the heart of the ADA's
    promises
    and protections," said Wan J. Kim, Assistant Attorney General for the
    Civil
    Rights Division. "I commend the West End YMCA for working with us, and
    I
    hope that this agreement will be a model for other child care
    providers."
    Under Title III of the ADA, private child care providers are
    prohibited from discriminating on the basis of disability, and must
    make
    reasonable modifications to policies, practices and procedures to
    afford
    individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate and
    benefit
    from the child care services. Additional information about the Civil
    Rights
    Division of the Justice Department is available at
    http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/. Those interested in finding out more about
    federal disability rights statutes can call the Justice Department's
    toll-free ADA Information Line at (800) 514-0301 or (800) 514-0383
    (TDD), or
    access the ADA Web site at http://www.ada.gov/.
     
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