Segway-users vs the Mouse

A group of Segway-users raised the whole “are Segways considered assistive devices for the disabled?” debate to a new level last week, when they filed a lawsuit in Federal Court against Disney, for banning Segways in their parks.

The suit was filed by three people; an amputee, a person with ALS and a person with MS, all of whom use Segways instead of a wheelchair or scooter. They have asked the federal judge to let their complaint continue as a class action lawsuit.

The plaintiffs argue that their Segways are more dignified than other assistive devices, and they should be allowed to use them in Disney parks.

Disney holds that since these devices can go over 12 mph, they present a danger to their other guests.

It will be an interesting case, if it makes it to court. At issue will be the question – Is something considered a reasonable accommodation, when it actually places others in danger?

It should be noted that Segways have been banned in other places. San Francisco prohibits their use on sidewalks or bike paths, while the British have banned them from sidewalks. And in the Netherlands, it’s illegal to use them on any public road or sidewalk, because of their lack of brakes.

Like I said, it will be an interesting case.