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Casey Martin All Americans whether disabled or not are granted the pursuit of happiness according to the Declaration of Independence Casey Martin is just one such person attempting to fulfill his lifelong dream of playing on the PGA TOUR Profession Golfers Association Martin suffers from Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome a rare circulatory disorder in his right leg that makes it difficult to walk In 1997 Martin sued the PGA TOUR for the right to ride a golf cart during competition The PGA claimed that Martins use of a golf cart would give him an unfair advantage over his competitors On May 29 2001 United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of Casey Martin I firmly agree with this ruling because it upholds the Americans with Disabilities Act enacted in 1990 All discrimination against the disabled is illegal and the law requires reasonable modifications in all public sites As the current law states all people with disabilities are entitled to participate in activities with non-disabled people In shopping malls they are provided with ramps elevators and reserved parking spaces In fact in almost all public entertainment locations modifications have been made to increase access for disabled persons Martins golf cart simply allows him to participate in a sport in which he excels In addition all employers are required to provide physically challenged workers availability to work sites As golf represents Martins livelihood it would be a serious injustice to withhold these slight modifications In fact other golfers on the tour were appalled at the original PGA decision Martin was not seeking any unfair advantage but merely a way to get from one hole to the next with less discomfort In the original PGA decision it was stated that golfers who had to walk the course rather than ride in a golf cart would suffer more fatigue by the later holes However because of his disease Martin would not be able to participate at all His disorder
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