The FEI has announced the launch of a new guide, designed to assist event organizers with improving accessibility for athletes, staff and spectators with disabilities, ensuring that everyone can enjoy equestrian events regardless of their disability and mobility levels.
This Guide, which is the result of consultation and collaboration with accessibility experts, individuals with disabilities and professionals in the equestrian industry, covers venue layout, accommodation and transportation among other areas of event planning and delivery.
The aim is to provide event organizers with a set of guidelines and recommendations which eliminate barriers that prevent people with disabilities from fully participating or working in sports.
“Equestrian sport has the power to create inclusive structures that allow access to all individuals, regardless of their physical abilities,” FEI Secretary General and President of the Association for Paralympic Sports Organizations (APSO) Sabrina Ibáñez said.
“Changing perspectives towards disability is a key step in the accessibility journey. It is our belief that making even small changes to our working methods and organizational practices will help to move the needle on the conversation around disability inclusion, equality and equity.
“While this is primarily a guide for event organizers, we, the staff at the International Federation Headquarters in Lausanne (SUI), have also had to take a good look at our internal practices and procedures to see where we can eliminate barriers to entry for people with disabilities and how we can provide a more inclusive physical and organizational environment.
“We hope that by working with organizers to embed accessibility into all strands of Event planning and delivery, this type of thinking will start to permeate our organizational structures and become a seamless part of what we all do in this sport on a daily basis.”
The FEI Accessibility Guide for Event Organizers is available for download here.