9-28-94 OCT 26 1994 The Honorable David E. Bonior U.S. House of Representatives 2207 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C.

20515-2210 Dear Congressman Bonior: This letter is in response to your inquiry on behalf of your constituent, XX . XX is an individual with a disability who asserts that individuals with disabilities should have the right to receive discounts from places of public accommodation, e.g., stores, restaurants, and movie theaters, that are comparable to the discounts frequently offered to senior citizens. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a comprehensive civil rights statute that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Title III of the ADA requires a place of public accommodation to ensure that no individual with a disability is denied an equal opportunity to participate in its activities or to benefit from the goods, services, or advantages that it offers because of that individual's disability. However, nothing in the ADA precludes providing special benefits, similar to senior citizen discounts, for individuals with disabilities or groups of individuals with disabilities. In the case of a senior citizen discount, eligibility is triggered by the age of the participant. As long as the discount is offered equally to senior citizens who have disabilities and those who do not, such discount programs do not violate the ADA. I hope that this information is helpful to you in responding to XX Sincerely,

Deval L. Patrick

Assistant Attorney General Civil Rights Division

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MARCH 12, 1994 CONGRESSMAN DAVID BONIOR 82 MACOMB MT CLEMENS, MI 48043 RE: HANDICAPPER'S RIGHTS Dear Sir: I want to bring something to your attention that I feel NEEDS to be addressed. I speak for myself (I'm totally and permanently disabled) and others like me. Many stores, restaurants and movie theaters have a "special discount" rate for SENIOR CITIZENS. I don't knock them for doing that. I think that is wonderful. What bothers me, is that the only difference between myself and the SENIOR CITIZEN is that I am only 39 years old. Many SENIOR CITIZENs are still able to work, which I cannot do. They also have a much larger Social Security check than the SSD check I receive each month. I FEEL PEOPLE SUCH AS ME, WHO CANNOT WORK, IS TOTALLY AND PERMANENTLY DISABLED AND RECEIVES A SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK SHOULD BE ENTITLED TO THIS SAME BENEFIT. Many of the Senior Citizens who get these discounts are very well off financially.

WHAT ABOUT SOMEONE LIKE ME? PLEASE TAKE THIS MATTER SERIOUSLY. THIS COULD BE A MEMBER OF YOUR VERY OWN FAMILY GOING THROUGH THIS. WOULDN'T YOU WANT TO SEE JUSTICE DONE? I am thanking you in advance for handling this matter the way it deserves to be handled, by giving me MY rights. THANK YOU, XX 01-03486