U.S. ATTORNEY REACHES SETTLEMENT WITH ROCKY HILL TO ENSURE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR CHILDREN WITH DIABETES IN SUMMER CAMP PROGRAM
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced a settlement agreement with the Town of Rocky Hill, Connecticut, to resolve allegations that its Parks & Recreation Department refused to accommodate a child in its Summerscape summer camp program in 2011 because the child had juvenile diabetes and required the use of an insulin pump. Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability, including diabetes, by state and local governments.
Pursuant to the agreement, the Town of Rocky Hill agreed to implement policies and procedures to ensure that children with disabilities are afforded full and equal opportunities to participate in and benefit from the Town’s summer camp programs. The Town also agreed to publish on its website and post at Town Hall a statement of policy on prohibition of discrimination on the basis of disability. The Town also agreed to pay monetary damages to the child’s parents and conduct ADA compliance training for its Parks & Recreation employees, which will emphasize an attitude of inclusion of all children regardless of their abilities or disabilities. In the agreement, the Town denied the government’s allegations.
“Ensuring that children with disabilities, and their families, have equal access to summer camps and other programs offered by our state and local government goes to the heart of the ADA’s promises and protections,” said United States Attorney Fein. “The Town of Rocky Hill worked cooperatively with us to address this matter, and we hope that this agreement serves as a reminder for other Connecticut towns about their responsibilities under the ADA.”
Under Title II of the ADA, state and local governments 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 all of their programs, including summer camps.
This matter was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Perkins, in coordination with the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.
The enforcement of the ADA is a top priority of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Additional information about the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department is available on its website at www.justice.gov/crt.
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