Update: Families face new hurdle in Disney autism lawsuit

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Orlando— Families who filed a lawsuit against Disney for its theme parks’ Disability Access Service found themselves facing a new hurdle. We last reported on this story here.

The complaint originally filed by the families of children on the autism spectrum in April of this year, alleges that its theme parks discriminate against children on the spectrum.

The complaint stemmed from Disney’s policy which was introduced earlier in 2013, where the children with autism were no longer allowed to go to the front of the lines of its theme parks’ entrances. Instead, they are given a return time which tells them when they can get inside the theme park.

The lawsuit– which was originally filed in California and involved 26 plaintiffs from 14 different families– will be moved to Orlando, in accordance with the ruling of California Judge Ann Conway.

The judge’s decision stated that the lawsuit is too diverse to be filed in a single case, citing that some families’ alleged unpleasant encounter in the Disney theme parks were multiple times, while others were just one time. The judge also stated that most of the complaints were stemming from incidents that allegedly happened in Disney’s Orlando theme park, while only some of them occurred in the park’s California branch.

Thirteen of the families were told that they can file the lawsuit by Nov. 21.

the original article by on The Orlando Sentinel website can be read here