“Why doesn’t Disney Parks ask for proof of disability, such as a doctor’s note?"
"Disney Parks takes Guests at their word and there are legal restrictions around asking for proof.”
Friday, October 11, 2013
Can I Ask A Few Stupid, Naive Questions About The New Disney Disability Policy?
Can I ask some stupid questions about all this hubbub about the new Disney Disability policy?
Now, I readily admit that I don’t know the laws and the policies well at all. So all my questions are coming from a naive & uninformed place so please correct me if I’m wrong. I’m really looking for answers here…
Ok, here goes…
Isn’t a HUGE part of the problem that the theme parks are not allowed to ask for proof of your kid’s disability? Some people were abusing the system and pretending they were disabled to gain the disability “perks”, the fast passes, right?
Now the ADA (American for Disabilities Act) probably spells out some of these legal restrictions. I know with our autism service dog, legally people aren’t allowed to ask for proof of need for the dog. And I’m sure there was/is legitimate needs for these laws… BUT…
Maybe, in light of what I keep reading on the news was “rampant abuse” of the disability policy at Disney, maybe it’s time to start lifting those legal restrictions…
So why not let the parks ask for proof of disability? I have NO PROBLEM carrying around a laminated doctor’s note or IEP proving that my kid has severe autism.
Is that naive of me? Would others have a problem having to prove it?
Let Disney ask for proof and then maybe let Disney reduce the number of friends/family members that can accompany the disabled person in jumping the line. I read somewhere the policy was a disabled person could bring up to 6 guests/family members with them. Is that accurate/ true? If so, that seems a wee bit much. Maybe cut that back to 3-4 people?
Wouldn’t these two small things drastically reduce the abuse of the policy?
Sure some people could still fake a doctor’s note, but I think it would deter most of the people who in the past abused the policy.
Ask me for a doctor’s note, take my kid’s pic, I got no problems…and then give me the old fastpass / immediate access to the rides before my kid melts down and starts kicking… That’s my policy!
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