Family Says Boy Scouts Violate Son's Rights
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 24, 2006
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA--A suit has been filed against a Boy Scout troop, accusing its leaders of discriminating against an 11-year-old boy because of his autism.
The Disability Rights Law Center filed the suit Thursday in federal court against the Western Los Angeles County Council of Boy Scouts of America and Troop 223, according to a press statement.
The boy, identified only as "C.R.", joined the Cub Scouts in 2000. He was later promoted to the Webelos and last year to the Boy Scouts. His parents, Michael Reilly and N. Jane DuBovy, claim that a scout leader then advised them that their son could only attend meetings and overnight camping trips if his father accompanied him. This requirement, which did not apply to other scouts, essentially meant he could not move on to the next scouting level.
The suit, which asks for a jury trial, contends that the restriction violates the boy's rights under the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. It asks the court to issue an injunction ordering the Council to allow the boy to attend scouting functions independently. It also seeks damages for negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
"What happened with the Boy Scouts has had a profound impact on our son," DuBovy said in the DRLC statement. "We want to fix this going forward so that he can participate just like any other child and so that no other child in our community will be ostracized because of a disability."
As of this writing, Inclusion Daily Express could find no public comment by the Council or Troop 223 leadership.
"Autistic Child Denied Participation in Boy Scouts" (Disability Rights Legal Center)