Canada's Wonderland: Re-instate immediate boarding pass system for autistic riders.
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Canada's Wonderland: Re-instate immediate boarding pass system for autistic riders.

    1. Jim Martin aka gingerheaddad
    2. Petition by

      Jim Martin aka gingerheaddad

      Hamilton, Canada

Many families with autistic children, as well as adults on the autism spectrum, enjoy parks such as Canada's Wonderland. Many of those individuals cannot easily wait. In 2012 parents were able to get immediate boarding passes to get on the next available ride, but that program has been eliminated in 2013. On some rides parents will be required to enter via the exit with their children to be assigned a time and required to wait. Some parents are concerned about the possibility of their child or children on the spectum having a meltdown and perhaps injuring themselves while leaving the ride to wait in a designated area for patrons with disabilities. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requires that people with disabilities be accommodated so that there are no barriers to participation. Eliminating a pass that accommodated autistic individuals is a step back and may lead to children on the spectum being harmed.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. We Met with Canada's Wonderland

      Jim Martin aka gingerheaddad
      Petition Organizer

      Exciting news! We met with several people from Canada's Wonderland. It was a terrific discussion. Canada's Wonderland explained what they are doing to make information available to families with autistic children and adults on the spectrum.

      While they have changed their policies this year, they stressed that of the 57 rides in the park, all but 19 allow immediate boarding. The boarding pass is instituted for 19 very busy rides and the policy is in place among all Cedar Fair parks in North America.

      We explained why immediate boarding for asd guests was the ideal. The second best would be to explore ways to pre-book times for the rides at guest services. Canada's Wonderland is looking into this, as well as how to get more people to call ahead and answer the safety questions that will allow a rider to get the boarding pass.

      Canada's Wonderland has already improved the info on their website and is going to make it all easier to find.

    2. Reached 750 signatures
    3. Big News: A meeting with Canada's Wonderland

      Jim Martin aka gingerheaddad
      Petition Organizer

      Canada's Wonderland has called and offered a meeting to discuss the issues. This is great news to have the opportunity to discuss the pass and autism in person. Stay posted.

    4. Some progress to report

      Jim Martin aka gingerheaddad
      Petition Organizer

      We are now over 600 signatures and this petition is having an impact. Canada's Wonderland has added more information for how to prepare children on the spectrum for a trip to the park. Some parents have reported phone calls from CW saying that a mobility pass will be offered to families with autistic children. We have all done so much already to raise awareness about this issue. Let's keep sharing the link or sending emails directly to guestservices@canadaswonderland.com.

    5. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Courtney Trento GUELPH, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      I was so looking forward to having my son enjoy his first Canada's Wonderland experience this year, however this change will make it impossible for him to make it through the day. Some of my greatest childhood memories are in this park - I only wish I could give the same to him.

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    • Brandi Lee Hardy TORONTO, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      Every year we get a season's pass to Wonderland. My autistic 10yr son is OBESSED w/ roller coasters. While having a tantrum would be difficult we are more concerned with this change causing his aggressive and self injurious behaviour to ruin what used to be the best day of his week.

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    • Grace Wiland TORONTO, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      I am a parent.ay 14 years old autistic son wonders and has a very short attention span. He is not able to wait and easily can take off when waiting. We went to Disney World for a March Break. Using the Special Pass we were able to enjoy the rides.

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    • Angela Chapeski NORTH BAY, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      I'm a person with disabilities, that would appreciate this service, not only for autistic customers but anyone who has difficulty with waiting -- including myself, with physical pain.

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    • NADER NAZMdar THORNHILL, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      helps autistic kids to enjoy their time instead of getting upset

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