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[iii] A camp’s EEC should consider a statement or disclaimer that clarifies the limits of the EEC. For example, prospective applicants should understand that EEC are not the only criteria for admission (they must pay, clear any required medical screening, etc.), that EEC may not contain ALL criteria for participation, and that meeting EEC does not equate to a guarantee of participants’ safety (impossible to guarantee in any case).

[iv] Obviously, whatever information the camp collects, it should be clear about the purpose and use of that collected information. The camp should confirm there is a structured and reliable system in place for collecting the information, and distributing it to appropriate individuals for their review. Importantly, in collecting information, the camp does not want to give the individual the impression that, having reviewed the information and allowed the individual to participate, the camp is assuring the individual’s safety, or providing an incident-free experience. Furthermore, from a practical perspective, a camp can never be certain it has obtained all information (individuals don’t know, refuse to disclose, disclose partially, or simply lie).

[v] Importantly, EEC may eliminate a later need for a camp to determine access for an individual with a disability based upon the three ADA-limiting criteria because the EEC have allowed the individual to accurately make this assessment upfront—on his or her own.  

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