Erin Rhinehart at BusinessLitigationInfo.com recently posted about a settlement in a class action law suit against Disney. A group of plaintiffs had argued that the Disney parks and websites weren't accessible to blind visitors and asked that Disney find ways to make their attractions available to everyone.
After much back and forth (and the involvement of NFB to make sure everything worked out) a final settlement was reached in January. Disney has one year to enact the changes.
Some of the changes that you might notice at Disney parks include:
- Disney must install two large Braille maps at all of the Disney parks in Florida and California;
- Disney must provide mobile Braille maps for the visually impaired to check out via refundable deposit;
- Disney is developing handheld devices that use GPS and other navigational capabilities to aid in locating attractions for the visually impaired;
- Disney must designate service animal relief areas;
- Disney must provide temporary kennels at attractions when service animals cannot sit on the ride;
- Disney must provide preferred viewing areas for parades to the visually impaired;
- Disney must give 100 one-day one park passes, each, to two charities that support the visually impaired.
(I especially like that last one. How do we get our hands on those?)
For more details and other changes agreed to in the settlement, check out Erin's post Navigating ‘The Most Magical Place on Earth’ Gets a Little Easier for the Visually Impaired.