1. Are electronic communication devices allowed for athletes or coaches with disabilities?
Hearing & electronic communication devices are not allowed in all disciplines. Competitors should check their breed/discipline rules to see if this use is allowable, or if they should apply for a modification for specific circumstances.
Coaches and athletes with disabilities are eligible to request a modification to any rule prohibiting electronic communication devices by submitting a Presidential Modification request (referenced in question 2). The request will be evaluated based on the medical evidence submitted and potential risk to safety and maintaining a fair and level playing field.
2. How do I submit a request for a Presidential Modification?
Requests should be submitted to the office of the President and will be forwarded to appropriate committee chairmen for their recommendations before being submitted to the President for consideration.
3. Does Chapter 13 apply best in my situation, or do I need a Presidential Modification?
If the disability/injury is temporary, a Presidential Modification should be requested. Presidential Modification are generally given once, and for a very specific set of circumstances. Applicants must include the special circumstance and hardship information.
If the disability is permanent, the request should go through the adaptive sport committee for a dispensation.