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Valley Stream girl wins camp discrimination case, gov’t says

A Lake Placid youth camp that denied admission to a Valley Stream girl with insulin-dependent diabetes has agreed to pay her $13,500 under the terms of a settlement, federal officials said Wednesday.

The settlement resolves claims made by Wenda Celidon, of Valley Stream, that Camp Treetops revoked its acceptance of her daughter into its upstate summer camp program and a scholarship it had granted her because she had insulin-dependent diabetes, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

Celidon alleged that Camp Treetops initially accepted her daughter into the summer program, but a day before she was scheduled to leave for Treetops, the camp’s director revoked her admission and scholarship because of her health condition.

The release said Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability.

Under the terms of the settlement, Camp Treetops will pay $13,500 to the girl and adopt a written policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability and creates a process for evaluating requests for reasonable modifications, the release said.

The camp also will train its employees and staff regarding the disability discrimination provisions of federal, state and local civil-rights laws, the release said.

Robert L. Capers, attorney for the Eastern District of New York, announced the settlement.


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