The Right to Live in the World
Mary Vargas, founding partner of the law firm Stein & Vargas, LLP, presents an overview of celiac disease and its coverage under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). She defines what a disability means and what discrimination looks like. She then goes into detail about the recent case in Williamsburg (J.D. v. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation) in which she was successful in proving discrimination was shown against a child with celiac disease bringing in his own food. The restaurant refused to modify its policy and told the boy he could not eat in the restaurant. She concluded with some remarks about the positive future of celiac disease in the disability world.