Accommodating disabled sporting events
USATF has a very specific policy designed to assist race directors so they can deal with the complex questions surrounding disabled athlete participation.
RRCA members should refer to the USATF policy on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accommodations, because there is no need for RRCA members to re-invent a complex policy that speaks to disabled athlete participation.
It is hoped that these guidelines will facilitate the inclusion of athletes with disabilities in road racing events.
The guidelines are not intended to cover all events or situations.
All event organizers must be familiar with this policy, comply with its scheduling and notice requirements, and make every effort to accommodate attendees at events who have disabilities.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a comprehensive civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability.
Canada has been recognized for achieving outstanding success in Paralympic sport, Special Olympics, Deaflympics, and other sports for athletes with disabilities, but there are concerns that systemic factors continue to limit access to sport and physical activity for persons with disabilities.
There are also concerns that Canada’s pool of high-performance athletes is not being replenished as our current athletes age.
References to ADAAG are mentioned throughout this summary.
In 1979 the Road Runners Club of America published “Guidelines for Wheelchair Athletes”.