Family: YMCA camp turned away son with disability

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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A family is claiming disability discrimination caused a Kent County summer day camp to change its mind on allowing their 10-year old to attend.

Ezequiel Gonzalez uses a wheelchair because he has spinal muscular atrophy, a condition restricting his body from bearing much weight.

His summer days are sure to include time with his chickens and music, but they will no longer consist of trips to the Mary Free Bed YMCA day camp that his family paid and planned for him to attend.

The soon-to-be sixth-grader said his brewing excitement was squashed on the first week of camp after a conversation between the camp director and his parents Monday.

"We were notified that they couldn't accommodate my son's restroom needs, so that we had to 'Find a plan B' on what we were going to do," Gamalier Gonzalez, Ezequiel's father, said.

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