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AIDS cannot be an exception to offer of lower bus fares.

Type
Published Article
Journal
AIDS policy & law
Publication Date
Nov 28, 1997
Volume
12
Issue
21
Pages
3–3
Identifiers
PMID: 11364885
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

U.S. District Judge Joe Billy McDade ruled that the Metro Link bus system of Rock Island, IL cannot exclude people with AIDS from a special rate program afforded to those with mobility, visual, or hearing impairments. The suit was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of [name removed] who wished to obtain a reduced-fare card because his AIDS condition severely impaired his ability to walk. Metro Link's application for reduced fare explicitly states that those whose sole disability is AIDS are ineligible for the program. Judge McDade ruled that the application violates the American Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act because it discriminated against [name removed] exclusively because of his disability. The policy also violated [name removed]'s right to equal protection under the 14th Amendment.

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