Okay, I'm not sure if any of you have heard this, but Disney has recently changed their GAC to a Disability Assistance Pass. Basically, what this means is that if you have a disability that prevents you from waiting in line (IE, panic disorder, Autism, Physical issues...) you have to receive a wait time to come back to a ride later if you can't handle said line.
Well, there are loopholes to this new DAS card. What are they? First off, most people with developmental disabilities don't have the cognitive ability to understand that if their mom or dad goes to a ride, they aren't going to ride it. Not everyone understands this, even adults who are disabled. On their website, they give you a list of things you can do to prepare your CHILD for this kind of trip. What they don't realize is that not every person with a disability goes to the parks with autism or whatever is a child either.
Now, another thing about this DAS card is that you have people who have certain diseases. Like, those ones where they can't come in too close contact of someone else because a simple cold could kill them. Yeah, most kids with these kind of diseases like cancer or some other disease can go through Give Kids the World or Make a Wish. You forget one little thing... these organizations are for KIDS with diseases like that, not adults.
Disney doesn't realize that they are looking at a wide spectrum of disabilities and diseases in both kids and adults. The reason Disney claims to have gotten ride of the GAC is due to the abuse of the system. Yet, how do they know it was being abused when some law tells them they can't ask for proof of the person's disability? It doesn't make sense. Most people have invisible disabilities such as Autism, ADHD, Panic Disorder, Heart Defects... etc. This isn't just about the parents with autistic adults/children either. This about anyone with a disability or disease.
The GAC had been more comforting to anyone with certain challenges.
Here's info on the old GAC:
The GAC is not used to jump the lines, it is used to help special needs travelers get access to attractions that they would otherwise not be able to see due to health, mobility, or major developmental and psychological issues. You may be allowed to bypass the regular lines, but you should still expect to wait. Examples of people who might benefit from using the GAC include folks of all ages and backgrounds, whether their need is temporary or permanent:
- People with mobility issues that would keep them from being able to stand in long queues who are not using wheelchairs, ECVs or canes;
- People who are particularly heat or sun sensitive to the point that it endangers their health or safety because of health conditions such as Lupus and Multiple Sclerosis, or people who are on certain medications;
- Families traveling with special needs children or adults who have health, psychological or hypersensitivity issues that make it difficult to remain in crowded queues;
- People who are easily fatigued or in pain due to serious health problems (heart, emphysema, arthritis, etc.) who plan to be ambulatory inside pavilions and attractions but park their wheelchair or ECV outside, or choose not to use wheelchairs. They get access to the seating without stairs in shows, for example. Also use of alternate entrances in places where the queue is not mainstream and there are stairs or a climb.
Articles on the subject:
In Disney Crackdown, Disabled Kids Are Collateral Damage
Disney Parks' New Pass for the Disabled Is a Dud: A Dad Breaks It Down - DailyFinance
Review of the New Disneyland Disability Access Service | Life Rearranged - This one explains more about the DAS. It's not really a review of it.
So, what are your views on this? Do you think Disney did the right thing? What do you think they should do to make it easier for everyone with disabilities/diseases? Do you think Disney should just go back to the GAC?
(I had to copy this from the other forums I go on)