Mall Cites ADA While Ejecting Teen In Segwey
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 9, 2006
LOGAN, UTAH--Here's an interesting bit of logic: The Cache Valley Mall says its Number One priority is for every shopper to have "an enjoyable shopping experience."
Madison, a local teenager who often uses a wheelchair, has found that using a two-wheeled Segwey transportation device is her most independent, most enjoyable way to shop.
But during a recent shopping trip, mall security workers humiliated Madison by telling her to take the Segwey outside and use a wheelchair that the mall would provide.
That experience most certainly was not enjoyable for 15-year-old Madison.
Mall manager Dewey Richardson told the Herald-Journal that they are just following the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires such public facilities to allow patrons to use mobility aids. The problem, Richardson says, is that the Segwey is not yet recognized as a mobility aid. Until it is, the device is banned from the mall.
"Well Mom, at least I didn't cry this time," Madison told her mom.
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