This title might make one wonder exactly what there is that remains to be interpreted when one bares all at a nudist colony, but the naked truth according to one deaf man is that a nudist park in upstate New York has violated federal law.
Tom Willard of Rochester, New York, filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice Department against the Empire Haven Nudist Park claiming that they violated the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to provide him with a sign-language interpreter at an annual festival.
Although to some of us this claim may seem frivolous, to Mr. Willard it represents a flagrant disregard for the law, which very clearly states that businesses and non-profit groups must provide auxiliary aids and services, which includes interpreters, at no cost to users. Fines for violations are nothing to sneeze at; first time offenders can pay up to $55,000!
The Naturist Society who hosted the festival did offer to get Willard an interpreter but said it would need three days notice to do so. The six-day event costs $45, plus an additional $17 for each day a person attends.
Mr. Willard is right, as many businesses do ignore the ADA simply because it is cheaper to do so and few people are called on the carpet.
Well, get your carpet clean (and your hearing-aids ready), guys, for Mr. Willard, Ralph Nader avenger, is on his way to your town!
Grab your clothes or leave them: however you wish to travel.
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