12 Oct '11, 4pm

Church Group Excludes Guide Dog From Retreat Facility | Care2 Causes

Church Group Excludes Guide Dog From Retreat Facility | Care2 Causes

Nancy Stevens , who has traveled around the world as a member of the paralympic ski team and is a world champion blind woman triathlete, sued the religious group Optimum Health Institute (OHI) when she was told that she could not bring her guide dog to a spiritual retreat held by OHI in Lemon Grove, near San Diego. Stevens, who was about to undergo cancer surgery, had contacted the group to inquire about its holistic health program in which people participate in prayer circles; some say that they have been transformed by “miraculous health.” When Stevens said she would attend an OHI retreat for a week with a cane, she was told she could bring a companion, who would be charged half-price. In 2010, Stevens sued OHI on the grounds that “she did not need anyone’s assistance, that she was independent and able to care for herself”; that she has “lived independently for over 20 y...

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