Jay Thal (jay.thal@TCS.WAP.ORG)
Mon, 25 Aug 1997 20:55:45 EST
This thread must have started last week while I was on "Nomail" status
so these comments are made based upon inferences drawn from Joseph Alessi's
response to Carol Kelley. Carol's predicament (or possibly her husband's) is
that Sleep Apnea seemingly prevents her husband's participation at summer camp
because an assistive device he uses at night requires electricity.
I believe that Joe's response, in part, is correct in that the camp
would probably provide a "reasonable accomodation" by providing him access to
an electrified facility for sleeping.
On the other hand, Joe's suggestion that BSA, being a private
organization, grants them some immunity from the ADA is not necessarily
correct. The "reasonableness" of the accomodation or costliness may be the
triggering factor for total camp compliance.
Given that BSA portrays itself as an inclusive organization (gays and
girls excepted), it would behoove BSA to expand that image for both Scout and
Scouter by assuring that to the extent feasiblbe all facilities were accessible
to the greatest number of participants. It would also assure BSA (and its
councils) of the broadest pool of participants.
As far as electrifying some/certain facilities, or making them
otherwise accessible, would deteriorate the outdoors experience, that (IMO) is
a regressive view -- we use equipment today, from flachlights to gas stoves, to
Global Positioning Devices which actually enhance out experiences - or at least
make them more available.
P.S. for more detailed info: contact the Justice Department at: 1-800-514-0301
or the Disability Business & Technical Assistance Center:1-800-949-4232
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City