Ohio Mom Sues YMCA For Excluding Son With Down Syndrome

It’s a battle for integration, but race is not the issue.

An Ohio mother is suing a YMCA she says won’t accept her son into its general summer program, only offering the boy with Down syndrome a spot in its camp for kids with disabilities.

In addition to refusing to make reasonable accommodations for 6-year-old Steven Heffron, the Great Miami Valley YMCA uses him “as a poster child for its programs with the tag lines ‘Providing Opportunities for Everyone,'” the federal lawsuit, which includes photos of YMCA promotional material featuring Steven, says.

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