She was banned from a local pool because of her disability. We helped her get the access she deserved. #AdvocacyMatters

August 30, 2019 / #AdvocacyMatters

An older woman wearing a blue swimsuit holds onto the wall in a swimming pool

Traci had been using a local recreational center's pool for prescribed physical therapy sessions to treat her spina bifida. After just three weeks, though, the rec center revoked her access to the pool because of her colostomy bag.

Traci has used a colostomy bag - a pouch that holds redirected stool - for the past 39 years and has been swimming all her life with no issues. The rec center thought, due to inaccurate assumptions about the cleanliness of a colostomy bag, that she was a hazard to others. Believing this was discrimination, Traci reached out to DRO for support in restoring her access to the pool.

A DRO attorney researched information on colostomy bags, applicable law and the rec center's rules and contacted the pool manager. Eventually, the rec center agreed to allow Traci to return to the pool with a note from her doctor. She's now back in the water and getting the therapy she needs.

If you feel as though your rights have been violated like Traci's, you can contact us and visit our page on Community Integration: Amusement Parks, Zoos, and Recreation Places.


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