All Lexi Haas wanted to do was visit a museum. However, she was denied. She has Kernicterus, a neurological disorder than can cause cerebral palsy, and because of her wheelchair she was turned away.
Because of Lexi’s condition, she is confined to a wheelchair.
She has to stay in her wheelchair and she is physically non-functional.
However, she loves to stay active and see new things.
That’s why she wanted to visit The Ships Of The Sea Museum in Savannah, Georgia .
However, because her wheelchair “might make the carpets dirty,” she was turned away.
She was not the first victim of this cruel treatment.
The Haas family is not filing an Americans With Disabilities Act complaint, but they wanted to make the public aware that this behavior is hurtful and unacceptable.
As a response to the incident, the museum’s director issued a statement:
“Out of respect to the Haas family, we have concentrated our effort on contacting them first and foremost. We have offered our heartfelt condolences to Lexi and her family over this shocking and regrettable departure from our continuing efforts to provide a welcoming and enjoyable experience to all of our visitors…without exception. It is especially hurtful to us that an eleven-year-old girl experienced this insensitive rebuff.
We are very grateful to them for their acceptance of our apology, but please be sure that we shall continue to keep this matter foremost in our minds and actions.”
Dirty carpets are a small price to pay for a handicapped child’s smile.