From the Executive Director: Good Advice

It is hard to believe it is September already.  Where did the summer go?  Hopefully for those of you that conduct programs to ensure that individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to play our game of golf, you have had a great summer.  For those of you who operate golf facilities, I hope that you have looked at ways to ensure that your facility is accessible and your programs are inclusive.  And finally, for those of you who may have a disability, I hope you have looked beyond what you may see or feel as limitations and looked at the possibilities and opportunities to engage in not only golf but in life!  Get out there and participate and learn at whatever level your “abilities” allow.  That is actually good advice for all of us.

Just the other day, I saw on Facebook a post about a golfer with a disability in the UK who was denied access to a golf course because he needed to use a “buggy,” as they call a golf car in the UK.  Based on the facts stated in the article I read, the club had a policy that required walking unless a golfer had a letter from a doctor justifying use of a “buggy.”  It was a public access golf course owned by the town.  The person in question is an experienced golfer, has competed in European Disabled Golf Association events, and has played several courses in the UK and never had an issue with this type of request previously.

In the US, requirements for accessibility and accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are different. Reading through the Department of Justice documentation in ADA requirements can be challenging.  To help you out with this topic, you can access our resource, the Toolkit for Course Owners/Operators, that should assist you.

If you are interested in how to make your facility more welcoming, visit this helpful resource on People First Language by Kathy Snow.  It is a great training tool for your front-line employees. It is imperative when serving individuals with disabilities that you use the correct language.  Over one in five individuals in our country have a disability. It is one of the most inclusive and diverse groups in our country.  It crosses all segments of our population.  So, it is important to use the correct language.

Make sure if you have a program or if your facility is accessible and welcoming to golfers with disabilities, visit our website to include your information in our search engine.  Individuals across the country are looking for programs and facilities that are welcoming.

The National Alliance for Accessible Golf would love to hear about your programs, accessible facilities, and your involvement in the game.  Send your best practices, photos, videos, and stories to info@accessgolf.org.

Until next month, have a great September.

Steve Jubb, PGA

CEO/Executive Director

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About National Alliance for Accessible Golf
The National Alliance for Accessible Golf is a coalition of recreational, therapeutic, and golf organizations committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities through the game of golf.

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