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Department of Justice Reaches Settlement Agreement under the ADA with the Family YMCA of Greater Augusta

July 25, 2017
Source: U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

A complaint was filed was filed by the mother of a person with a disability against the Family YMCA of Greater Augusta in Georgia. The complaint alleges violations of Title III of the ADA, when the YMCA failed to modify its policies as necessary to afford her son, C.B., an individual with intellectual disabilities, with the full and equal opportunity to enjoy the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of the YMCA. C.B. uses an aide in order to effectively make use of the gym areas in the YMCA's local branches. The complaint alleges that, since approximately January 2017, the YMCA does not permit an aide to accompany C.B. into the gym area unless the aide holds a YMCA membership.

As part of the terms of this Settlement Agreement, the YMCA will draft a written modification to its policies to allow individuals with disabilities that are accompanied by a personal attendant at the YMCA facilities to be able to do so without requiring the personal attendant to have a YMCA membership. The YMCA may apply the same screening criteria to a personal attendant that would be applied to a guest. In addition, the YMCA will include on its website a summary of this modification and the YMCA will distribute this written modification to its employees at each of its branches. This written modification will be included in the materials provided to new employees.

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