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Refusing access for HIV? ADA Complaints

Byline: Andrea Salzman, MS, PT

Did you know that the U.S. government might be interested in who you refuse to treat in your therapy pool?

In 2008, an individual in Texas complained that a physical therapy office refused to provide him aquatic therapy because he has HIV. He sued under the ADA. The suit was settled. The office changed its policy and agreed not to deny physical therapy treatment to individuals with HIV or other disabilities, to post its nondiscrimination policy in its office, and to train its staff on the policy. The complainant was also compensated $2,500.

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