Lawsuit over Segway use at Disney


The case: Three disabled people who like to use Segways are suing Walt Disney World in federal court. Disney has denied the travelers permission to bring their upright, two-wheeled, motorized scooters into Disney theme parks.

The background: Disney allows hand-powered and motorized wheelchairs in its parks. But the company bans the use of Segways during regular park hours because it says that the machines are faster than wheelchairs and are more likely to cause accidents. As for the plaintiffs, each of them cannot walk far because of different reasons: multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease, and an amputated foot.

The larger issue: Between 4,000 and 7,000 people with disabilities move about on Segways. And several of these people with disabilities believe that Segways are more dignified to use than wheelchairs.

[via the Orlando Sentinel]

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