A Note for Consumers with Disabilities and Advocates
It is important for visitors with disabilities to be familiar with their rights and the accessibility guidelines for aquatic facilities. This knowledge will assist in selecting which facility and program to utilize; one facility or program may be more accessible than the next. Furthermore, the attitudes of staff towards inclusion may vary between organizations and even between facilities within one organization. It is possible that aquatic staff have not been trained regarding the needs and expectations of people with disabilities. When these situations arise, the consumer with a disability has the opportunity to positively advocate and educate aquatic center staff on accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities.