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Published:August 11th, 2011 09:20 EST

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.


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."


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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