RCP GR 1.8 New Para Rules Seeking dispensations 19-032

RC#: 19-032
Status: Posted 11 Jun18, Recommended by ESC 19July18

Name: Marcie Quist
ADS #: 7910
Subject: GR New Para Athletes Rules Seeking dispensations
Rule #: GR 1.8
Current Wording:
New Wording: 1.8.3 Seeking dispensations РTo 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.
Reason for Change: Create universal ADS rules for PARA driving
Type of change: New

 

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3 Response(s)

  1. Zantke says :

    July 18, 2018

    See my previous comment under 19-30 = too restrictive to ask beginners / newcomers to the sport to become USEF / FEI members.

  2. 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.

  3. rules says :

    August 28, 2018

    (posting for Mary Joe Stockman) I am unable to respond to RCPs on the Comments page, presumably because there is a Java or Cookie problem, therefore, please include this with the GR- Para Driving comments.

    Because legal parameters for working with the disabled are controlled by United States law, I recommend that these Para regulations be tabled for further study and expert legal advice. Even government agencies are strictly restrained from anything that could interfere with the person’s privacy. This is viewed so strictly that the Transportation Safety Authority cannot ask for details of a disability or for a doctor’s statement before an individual may fly on an airplane – even with an animal. As a nonprofit corporation, it would be extremely unfortunate for the ADS to violate the Americans with Disabilities Act and might impact our standing with the New York Secretary of State’s Office. A notice of disability, to be filed with an entry, appears reasonable but should be professionally reviewed prior to publishing.

    The position of the USEF or FEI is irrelevant to the extent it varies from the law and would offer no defense should a complaint be filed and, further, neither has authority over ADS Pleasure Driving. The proposed rules need to be amended to reflect this.

    Thanks
    Mary Jo Stockman
    (posted by Mike Arnold)

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