Autistic visitors can proceed with lawsuits against Disney

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A federal appeals court is giving a green light for visitors with autism to proceed with lawsuits against Disney theme parks that claimed not enough was being done to accommodate them.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week ruled that plaintiffs in 30 lawsuits could proceed in a lower court with their lawsuits alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The lawsuits claimed Disney's program to accommodate guests with autism didn't do enough to avoid waits or allow the autistic guests to keep to a scheduled routine in the parks.

A district court in Florida had ruled Disney was accommodating the autistic visitors and dismissed the claims in 2016.

In a statement, a Disney spokeswoman says the company is committed to providing an inclusive environment for all guests.

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