Hotel Violated Girl's Right To Swim With Trach Tube, Family
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 24, 2003
BAY SAINT LOUIS, MISSISSIPPI--Family members of a 7-year-old girl with cerebral palsy told the Clarion-Ledger that they have filed a federal discrimination complaint against a hotel manager because he would not allow the girl to swim in the hotel's pool.
The child's mother, Dale Cuevas, and aunt, Missy Daw, said they filed the complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice claiming that Muneer Ahmed violated the rights of Kassady Cuevas as guaranteed under the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.
The family was vacationing at the Economy Inn in Bay Saint Louis on Monday, when they took Kassady to the outdoor swimming pool. Ahmed, the hotel's manager, told them Kassady could not go into the pool because she breathes through a tracheotomy tube and posed an insurance risk.
The family explained that Kassady is safe in pools, as long as she is supervised.
Ahmed later told the newspaper that he did not understand why the family was complaining, as he did it for the girl's safety.