In an effort to respond to the public backlash Disney has received as a result of an exposè of blatant fraudulent use of the current Guest Assistance Cards and services, Disney has decided to change their system of accommodations.
Their new Disabled Assistance System is a flawed effort that does not effectively address deterring fraud. In reality, under the new system one could still lie about or make up a fictional disability and obtain an assistance card because Disney cannot demand written proof as dictated by the American Disabilities Act.
Even an assistance card obtained by a person with a bona fide disability could be used fraudulently to receive payment in lieu of accompanying park visitors and use the assistance services for their leisurely benefit of bypassing long wait times. Lastly, many disabilities are not physical by nature and cannot be confirmed or ruled out by visual inspection.
More importantly, the new accommodations granted by the new Disabled Assistance System will present many challenges, specifically for those with cognitive and developmental delays, sensory processing and modulation difficulties and most of those who use them for person with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (which many of those with ASD suffer from all of the above mentioned). This petition asks that Disney reinstate the current Guest Assistance Card, along with the accommodations until a better solution is created, preferably with the input of those knowledgeable about the impacts of the proposed changes.