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Published:August 11th, 2011 09:20 EST
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Outrage: Deaf Man Demands Sign-Language Interpreter At Nudist Festival

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A deaf man has accused a nudist park in upstate New York of violating federal law by refusing to provide him with a sign-language interpreter at an annual festival.

Tom Willard, 53, of Rochester, filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department claiming Empire Haven Nudist Park violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by refusing his requests for an interpreter.

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The ADA law requires businesses and nonprofit groups to provide auxiliary aids and services, including interpreters, at no additional cost to users. First-time violations can lead to fines of up to $55,000."

Reuters

The ADA has made businesses, sporting venues, and many other types of buildings accessible to disabled persons. But there`s always that one disabled person, with a chip on his shoulder, who makes a mockery of the ADA.

I`m all for making businesses accessible to wheelchair-bound individuals,but it`s insane to expect a nudist park to provide a deaf visitor with his personal interpreter.

Dude, in a nudist park you need your eyes a hell of a lot more than you need your ears, enjoy the  scenery.

The world doesn`t owe Tom Willard a living, or his own personal interpreter. In these hard economic times we need for common sense to prevail.

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