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Deaf girl's family sues Scouts for disbanding troop
Chicago Tribune ^ | August 2, 2012 | Naomi Nix

Posted on 08/02/2012 11:32:05 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

The local Girl Scouts council paid for a sign-language interpreter to attend Megan's Girl Scout meetings, a camping trip and other outings.

But a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday on the 12-year-old's behalf alleged that the Girl Scouts abruptly disbanded Megan's Schaumburg troop early this year in retaliation for her mother's efforts to keep the 100-year-old organization paying for the interpreter.

....Megan, who has been deaf since birth, joined the Girl Scouts in kindergarten, her mother said. At the time, her mother requested that an interpreter be present at Scouting activities, and the Girl Scouts agreed to that, she said.

But in the fall of 2011, the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana told Runnion that the "council does not pay for these services," the lawsuit alleged. Runnion made another request in October for her daughter to have an interpreter for a rock climbing event the next month.

But the local council complied only after Equip for Equality, a Chicago-based advocacy group for people with physical or mental disabilities, and the National Association for the Deaf sent a letter requesting an interpreter for the event, according to the lawsuit.

....Runnion said she later learned from the Girl Scouts that the group would pay only a maximum of $50 a month for support services for girls with special needs. Megan's family would have to pick up the added expense.

"People aren't supposed to pay for their accommodations," said Barry Taylor, legal director for Equip for Equality and one of the lawyers representing the Runnion family.

....But Runnion said her family of six relies on her husband's income as an inventory purchaser and can't afford the expense of an interpreter for her daughter....

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: disability; equipforequality; girlscouts; gsa; memeitis; scouting; scouts; socialism

1 posted on 08/02/2012 11:32:19 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"People aren't supposed to pay for their accommodations," said Barry Taylor, legal director for Equip for Equality

Why the hell not?!?


2 posted on 08/02/2012 11:45:12 AM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Another day. Another small provocation. Another step closer.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

If the child needs to be accompanied, why doesn’t her own mother do it? Who would be better suited for the job?

Demanding that other people bear one’s burdens doesn’t get one very far in life.


3 posted on 08/02/2012 11:45:12 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: PGR88
Demanding that other people bear one’s burdens doesn’t get one very far in life.

Demanding that others shoulder your burdens is what the Democrat party is all about.

4 posted on 08/02/2012 11:47:02 AM PDT by Drill Thrawl (Another day. Another small provocation. Another step closer.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
And what, pray tell, prevented the girl's parents from becoming interpreters for this girl during the last 12 years of her life? It appears the dad is the one who works and provides income, so the mom must be a stay-at-home. Does she use an interpreter to communicate with her own daughter? I realize she has six kids, but why does someone else have to pay for her to attend a voluntary thing?

I know reasonable accommodation applies to the workplace, not sure about this case, but that doesn't mean that a company has to spend unreasonable amounts of money to accommodate you. If your accommodation costs more than you're worth, it ain't gonna fly.

5 posted on 08/02/2012 11:49:06 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What’s sign language for “go F yourself?”

Some people just kill me.


6 posted on 08/02/2012 11:51:36 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (I just hate our government. All of them. Republican and Democrat.)
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To: IYAS9YAS

If progressives like pro-infanticide ethicist Peter Singer had their their way, this young deaf girl would not be alive.

But since she is, the Left will use her to make things “fair.”


7 posted on 08/02/2012 11:56:12 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: PGR88

If the child needs to be accompanied, why doesn’t her own mother do it?
_________________________________________

My thought to...

There is only a need for an interpreter, the mother can do it...


8 posted on 08/02/2012 12:03:18 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana (Why should I vote for Bishop Romney when he hates me because I am a Christian)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Another foot soldier in “The Free Sh*t Army” demands others pay for what she wants.


9 posted on 08/02/2012 12:04:52 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: Vermont Lt

We all know that sign, and it’s appropriate toward the mother filing this frivolous lawsuit.


10 posted on 08/02/2012 12:05:36 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: PGR88

Probably because they have 6 kids.. and she can’t be at every event for one of them.

Don’t agree with this womans lawsuit, but with 6 kids, no way she’s going to be able to attend every event one of her children is doing.


11 posted on 08/02/2012 12:06:10 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: PGR88

Probably because they have 6 kids.. and she can’t be at every event for one of them.

Don’t agree with this womans lawsuit, but with 6 kids, no way she’s going to be able to attend every event one of her children is doing.


12 posted on 08/02/2012 12:06:22 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Vermont Lt
What’s sign language for “go F yourself?”

I'd guess flying the bird is universally understood.

13 posted on 08/02/2012 12:08:46 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: HamiltonJay
Probably because they have 6 kids.. and she can’t be at every event for one of them.

It's a family of 6 -- so most likely 4 children. If the family can't attend every event, then the girl misses some. Perhaps they should save and pay to have an interpreter attend those outings they don't want her to miss, ones someone in the family can't attend. No one made her enroll her daughter in scouts.

14 posted on 08/02/2012 12:17:06 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The “Deaf””Community” is by in large VERY Liberal and VERY “entitled”.


15 posted on 08/02/2012 12:23:16 PM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The GS are a voluntary organization. You voluntarily join them, they didn’t come after you. So if it’s voluntary that you joined, then .....


16 posted on 08/02/2012 12:30:47 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: US Navy Vet
The “Deaf””Community” is by in large VERY Liberal and VERY “entitled”.

A quick web search on Gallaudet University will provide plenty of confirmation on that for those that don't believe you.

I still don't understand why the GSA ever started providing a deaf interpreter for the girl. I don't think they meet the "public accomodation" requirement/definition. The GSA seems to have dug its own ditch in this matter.

17 posted on 08/02/2012 12:33:19 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The government should tax them for NOT forming a girl scout troop

I think there is precedent (now) for that (THANKS DUMBASS I mean Roberts!)

18 posted on 08/02/2012 12:36:14 PM PDT by Mr. K ("The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum [of good]")
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To: T-Bird45

We live about 5 miles from the “Iowa School for the Deaf” WHAT an “Entitled” bunch THEY are. 24 Karat EVERYTHING! Nothing but the BEST for the “Crippled” “Mafia”!


19 posted on 08/02/2012 12:40:28 PM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

We happen to have a good number of deaf people in our poker league. One of them is married to an interpreter. I’m going to show her this article to see what she thinks of the entitlement mentality this lady has in regards to her daughter.


20 posted on 08/02/2012 12:42:05 PM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

She’s been in the scouts 6 or 7 years, and none of the other girls in the troop liked her enough to learn how to sign? Says something about her, it seems.

On the other hand, the Girl Scouts are a left wing, pro-abortion organization, and I think we can all enjoy it when liberals start fighting about who is most entitled.


21 posted on 08/02/2012 12:44:42 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: PGR88

My sons high school has a large deaf group of students as it is one of the 4 schools in the district that provide for deaf students.

So, there are a few deaf boys on the football team.

Every morning a fleet of buses arrive with the deaf students to attend class - at the end of school the buses take them back I assume to a stop or set of stops as they come from other school districts.

So, with football practice keeping them after class, at the end of practice, a fleet of taxi’s are there to give those players a ride home all paid for by us.

BTW, those without their own cars have to have their parents come and get them. No taxi’s for you!


22 posted on 08/02/2012 12:48:18 PM PDT by edcoil (It is not over until I win.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“People aren’t supposed to pay for their accommodations,”

Really? That’s good to hear. Now I know I can “dine and dash” legally.


23 posted on 08/02/2012 12:49:56 PM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: T-Bird45

My deaf cousin actually got WORSE at reading lips while spending 4 years at Gallaudet. Her friends were absolutely horrible at it and could only sign. My cousin said the community was so insular that it was just a bunch of deaf people signing to each other with not much attempt to integrate with the hearing world.


24 posted on 08/02/2012 12:58:07 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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More liberal whining. It doesn’t surprise me at all they expect free child care, and that is what this amounts to. The Girl Scouts should pay for their liberal largess.

My Eagle Scout son had special needs from the time he was 13. Even before this my husband and I took care of his needs ourselves. One of us attended every meeting, every camping trip and summer camp from the time he was a cub scout.


25 posted on 08/02/2012 1:19:15 PM PDT by Jenny217
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

PATHETIC! This “mother” (more like a gold-digging moron!) should have gotten her behind out there and translated for HER daughter! If she cared so much she should have been there for her child! Instead, sue, sue, sue, and make other people pay!


26 posted on 08/02/2012 1:30:39 PM PDT by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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....But Runnion said her family of six relies on her husband's income as an inventory purchaser and can't afford the expense of an interpreter for her daughter....

Then you get your butt to the events and act as the interpreter. Girls Scouts (the girls, not the organization) are about providing service, not demanding it. The leaders and assistants are volunteers, not your paid servants.

27 posted on 08/02/2012 1:56:43 PM PDT by CMAC51
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

No one made her create a family of 4 kids either.


28 posted on 08/02/2012 2:13:08 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Eric Holder's NAACP rally against the voter ID laws required the press to bring govt issue photo ID.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Don’t forget the lesbian couple who conceived several children trying to become pregnant with a deaf daughter (rather than adopting one).

I think to conspire to create a disabled child is child abuse. Munchausen syndrome. The two women were deaf, if I recall. PBS did a documentary on them.


29 posted on 08/02/2012 2:15:44 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Eric Holder's NAACP rally against the voter ID laws required the press to bring govt issue photo ID.)
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To: edcoil

Do they have to make use of a flash system to alert the deaf players when the ref. blows the whistle?


30 posted on 08/02/2012 2:17:22 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Eric Holder's NAACP rally against the voter ID laws required the press to bring govt issue photo ID.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Don’t tar us all with the same brush.


31 posted on 08/02/2012 3:04:35 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas, Texas, Whisky)
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To: a fool in paradise

Easy enough to tell when the whistle’s been blown.


32 posted on 08/02/2012 3:07:04 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas, Texas, Whisky)
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To: JCBreckenridge

Do you go to the Iowa School? Do you feel “entitled”? If not then this does NOT apply to you.


33 posted on 08/02/2012 3:18:54 PM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet

Public school educated. :) Only accommodation I ever received was not having to listen to tapes in French class.


34 posted on 08/02/2012 3:27:27 PM PDT by JCBreckenridge (Texas, Texas, Whisky)
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To: a fool in paradise

I have not see that - of the players none are totally deaf either - range from 20% to 70%. All have hearing aids and the team has a translator on the field and at every practice but they never flash signs on the field I have noticed just if the coach wants to talk to them on the sideline do they get involved.


35 posted on 08/02/2012 3:28:28 PM PDT by edcoil (It is not over until I win.)
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But Runnion said her family of six relies on her husband's income as an inventory purchaser and can't afford the expense of an interpreter for her daughter....

Family of six, one income? I'm starting to see where the problem comes in here.

This mother could find a way to accommodate her daughter if even if it took becoming a den mother herself.

36 posted on 08/02/2012 9:12:06 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Pontius Pilate 'voters' are arrogant, delusional, lilly-livered collaborators.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Hey, I’m Deaf so don’t assume that we are all the same. That was an ignorant comment that you just made.


37 posted on 08/02/2012 9:15:51 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: T-Bird45
I don't think they meet the "public accomodation" requirement/definition.

That's how the Boy Scouts escaped having to admit homosexuals, they're not a "public accommodation." It's anyone's guess how the quirky courts will rule on something like this, however. The ADA has seen incredible expansion and twisting under judicial rule since Bush41 signed it into law.

38 posted on 08/02/2012 9:23:53 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Pontius Pilate 'voters' are arrogant, delusional, lilly-livered collaborators.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

The phrase “by in large” doesn’t mean everyone. It means for the most part or generally.


39 posted on 08/02/2012 9:25:19 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Pontius Pilate 'voters' are arrogant, delusional, lilly-livered collaborators.)
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