Those of you who are regular readers here know that I oppose the cruise lines (or any provider for that matter) asking for medical documentation of a disability in order to book an accessible cabin (or any other service). In my mind, it’s just too much information going out, plus there’s also that whole issue of medical privacy involved.
In any case, whenever I state my position, people who are on the other side of the fence invariable say “Well, I wouldn’t mind providing a doctor’s statement if it would prevent able-bodied people from booking accessible cabins. In fact, no one who is truly disabled would be offended at the request.”
Well, here are a few comments from another perspective. I stumbled across them in the public comments section of the US Access Board website (which by the way makes for some very interesting reading).
“I oppose asking for someone disabled to provide documentation so they can get the services they need. Not everyone has a disability that would have documentation. Someone who has trouble walking or knee problems or are overweight are just a few examples of someone that can’t use a normal shower/tub. I hate those that make the claim ’Those who are truly disabled and who truly need a handicapped room should not be offended.’ Equality does not mean one has to prove their disability and yes I am offended someone would suggest I prove I am disabled.”
As I’ve said before, there are two sides to every issue.