RECOMMENDED Rule Change Proposals

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  1. Michael Ridge says :

    August 26, 2018

    I oppose this whole group of interconnected ‘disabiity accommodation’ rule change proposals for the same reasons.

    The effect of these changes to the General Rules is to require any competitor who would wish to ask for a reasonable accommodation to become a member of either the USEF or the FEI. This rule change would require you to inform the organizer/management of the needed accommodation; another rule would require you to document the basis for the accommodation; another rule would require you to include an FEI or USEF determination; and, getting the determination requires membership in either USEF or FEI.

    “To seek USEF or FEI dispensation, the Athlete shall comply with the requirements of the USEF or FEI to include USEF or FEI membership,application for dispensation and provide all necessary documentation as
    requested. All USEF or FEI dispensations shall remain effective for ADS competitions for 5 years after they are issued.”

    A competitor in a pleasure driving show, dressage competition or lower level combined driving event organized as an ADS event currently has no need to go to the additional expense of membership in these other organizations. This rule change imposes an extra burden only on members who have a physical condition requiring an accommodation.

    I believe that this discrimination is unwise, if not actually prohibited by law.

  2. Ruthie says :

    September 1, 2018

    While I understand the need to have a comprehensive policy/rule on disabled drivers, I agree entirely with Michael Ridge on this particular proposal.
    To add to his already well articulated objections I will mention, in our experience where local clubs have actually included disabled drivers with a division of their own, our demographics have proven cognitive disabilities are also needed to be taken into consideration.
    The need to meet requirements of the various therapy programs, such as two sets of reins, an able bodied whip mandate etc. must be addressed.
    Simply put, the ADS needs to address this with ideas and proposals that not only reflect recognition of the rights of disabled drivers but our own attitudes of inclusiveness, fairness, and encouraging participation .

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