Girl Scouts Sued For Failing To Provide Sign Language Interpreter | Metaglossia: The Translation World | Scoop.it

CHICAGO, Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Today, Megan Runnion, a 12-year-old girl who is deaf, filed a federal lawsuit against Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana seeking to secure an American Sign Language interpreter for meetings of her Girl Scout troop. The lawsuit, brought under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, was filed in federal court in the Northern District of Illinois.

Megan joined Girl Scouts when she was in kindergarten. For six years, she was provided with a sign language interpreter by Girl Scouts for troop meetings and outings. But last fall, when Megan's mother renewed the request for the interpreter, Girl Scouts denied her request. Rather than providing the requested interpreter services, Megan's troop was disbanded.