Mother suing Disney for barring her autistic child over facemask policy

Disney World Face Masks

A Northampton County woman is suing Disney over an incident involving a face mask at the Lehigh Valley Mall. The mom claims the Disney Store denied entry to her autistic son entry because he wasn’t wearing a face mask.

The lawsuit says the 7-year-old boy is highly sensitive to touch like many people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. For that reason, the lawsuit says, his mother decided after experimenting with different face coverings not to force him to wear a mask in public.

She’s accusing the company of disability discrimination because Pennsylvania’s Health Department previously issued an exception to its mask rule. It states that anyone who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition doesn’t need to.

The goal of the lawsuit is to educate public companies about how they should make accommodates to people with disabilities.

A Walt Disney Company spokesman says Disney stores operate in compliance with state laws:

We are always focused on the health and safety of our guests and employees, which is why we implemented a number of enhanced measures, including a face covering requirement, at our stores during this unprecedented time.

This is still a developing story, so we’ll provide updates if more information becomes available.


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Kevin Koszola