YMCA statement: Aug. 26, 2013
Posted September 10, 2013
In light that a formal complaint has been filed, the YMCA of the Triangle will not speak directly to the specifics of this situation. This is not a simple legal issue with ample guidance readily available. In fact, there is very limited legal authority that speaks to circumstances similar to this situation.
We do strongly deny that we are in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and we take this situation very seriously.
The health and safety of each child entrusted to our care is top priority at the YMCA of the Triangle. Our Y carefully and continuously evaluates, and reevaluates its duties under various laws and regulations, including any obligations imposed upon the Y by Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).
In making decisions with respect to our after school programs (including those in which the ADA might be implicated), our YMCA seeks expert guidance from outside sources in a good-faith effort to consider all factors. Taking steps that are in the best interests of the health and safety of the children involved is a critical part of this process.