Blind Men Sue Route 40 Paintball Park

By Ron Snyder (Essex-MiddleRiver Patch, 12/20/2011)

The group alleges in a federal lawsuit that the White Marsh facility denied them access to participate in paintball matches simply because they are blind.

A group of blind men are suing a White Marsh paintball park, claiming their state and federal civil rights were violated after they were denied access to the facility based on their disability, according to a Baltimore law firm.

The Baltimore-based firm of Brown, Goldstein & Levy filed a federal lawsuit against Route 40 Paintball Park last week on behalf of the Blind Industries and Services of Maryland (BISM) and three blind men who allege the facility violated the Maryland White Cane Law. The law requires free and equal access to facilities regardless of blindness.

According to a news release from the law firm, two BISM instructors and six students went to Route 40 Paintball Park, located on the 11000 block of Pulaski Highway, to play paintball on May 21 as part of a final class activity.

But, the release stated, employees at the park questioned whether the blind men could actually play and maneuver around the park and refused to let them participate.

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