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Old 07-04-2013, 12:25 PM   #76
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Requiring a letter doesn't guarantee the person is actually disabled.
There are doctors who would write a letter even though they know that no one in the family has a disability. I've heard of people with several children whose doctor offered them a letter, saying "going to WDW with 2 or more children is a disability."

Requiring a letter doesn't guarantee it would provide any useful information.
I have seen some letters people provided and many were full of medical jargon or just stated the diagnosis (diagnosis is not important - 2 people can have the same diagnosis, but one may be disabled and the other not because all conditions have various levels of severity).

Requiring a letter doesn't guarantee that the letter is real.
People can easily type a letter themselves (even getting logos from websites to create convincing letterhead).

Requiring a letter would shut out some people who have real needs.
Some people would have real needs, but not know about the need for a letter ahead of time, so would not get their needs met. Some might not get the letter in time for their trip or their doctor could charge for writing the letter.

Requiring a letter for accommodation would go against the ADA which says disabled persons can't be required o provide proof of disability to get accommodations for their needs related to their disability.

There is a lot of misinformation out there - for example, people think a GAC is needed to use a wheelchair or ECV in lines or that using a wheelchair or ECV means a shorter wait. Neither are true.

There are also websites which say things like "WDW offers passes to my pregnant woman so she doesn't have to wait in lines." One I found was on a woman's blog where she blogged each week about her pregnancy. She was very physically active, made posts about how healthy she was and how well she was feeling during her pregnancy, made many trips all over the place and thought the GAC was a wonderful 'perk' just for being pregnant.
The post which spoke of the letter, already acknowledged that letters are not allowed. It was a hypothetical response. In addition it has already been noted that people try to cheat the system. currently many individuals attempt to cheat the system by trying to obtain a GAC through deception, which is why the topic is consistently discussed. Thus, it would notbe any worse than the system is now. In fact I would think it would be better, if letters were allowed; because, it definitely would cut down on the deception. Would there still be people who would try to get around this, of course! But it would still make it much more difficult for them.

I agree with the poster who has the two autistic children. I also have an autistic child and would happily provide any of the hundreds of documents from specialists who list the difficulties he has. I could also ask for a letter from the doctors specifically describing what would be difficult in a situation such as an amusement park.

I am sure there are many different ways to see this as an un popular solution. but if it was an option, as a parent of a child who does have medical needs which could be helped by the use of a GAC, I would be in favor of requiring a letter. Unfortunately, this will never happen due to the legal parameters set forth governing this topic.
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:44 PM   #77
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Exactly. So (of course) you can ride all the other rides you want while you wait. You just can't get another reservation while you wait.



This is 100% inaccurate (based on my personal experience at Universal Florida, Universal California and in law school.)
Just posting what the website that described their assistance pass stated. I have no need for a GAC or Universal's version so this is all foreign to me.
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:48 PM   #78
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This is what the website stated:

"The first step is to contact your doctor for a note or prescription describing what accommodations your disability requires. You do not have to give Universal a diagnosis, but your doctor should state “due to disability” and then outline the needed accommodations. Ours simply states “both have disabilities that require accelerated access at theme parks.”

When you arrive at Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure, head to Guest Services, located to the right once through the turnstiles at both parks. Take your doctor’s note with you. If you meet Universal’s requirements, you will be issued an Attraction Assistance Pass (AAP). It is a 4” x 9” card with a bar code at the bottom, and it contains twenty-five (25) lines for return times to the attractions."

Note: it isn't from Universal's site but rather from a person whose family requires the use of the assistance pass.
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:05 PM   #79
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At Universal, if you are given a reserved time to return, you can most definitely ride another ride while you wait but you can't get another reserved time until your previous reserved time is used or expired.

They don't ask to see any proof of a medical issue at Universal, just like at WDW.
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