From the Hill – November 2021
This month we continue to work towards improving access to air travel for our members. Along with the rest of PVA, we believe you have the right to travel the country that you served without barriers due to your disabilities. Below you will find several ways that you can help advance our efforts. Please consider joining our team and advocating for the Air Carrier Access Amendments Act today.
Contact your Representatives and ask them to co-sponsor the Air Carrier Access Amendments Act
The Air Carrier Access Amendments Act would improve access to air travel by:
- Strengthening ACAA administrative enforcement and establishing a private right of action.
- Ensuring new airplanes are designed to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities by requiring airlines to meet defined accessibility standards. These standards will address safe and effective boarding and deplaning, visually accessible announcements, seating accommodations, lavatories, and better stowage options for assistive devices.
- Requiring removal of access barriers on existing airplanes to the extent that it is readily achievable – easily accomplishable and may be done without much difficulty or expense.
PVA webinar in honor of the 35th anniversary of the Air Carrier Access Act
On October 12th, PVA hosted a webinar in honor of the 35th Anniversary of the Air Carrier Access Act. PVA has been involved in the push to improve access to air travel for people with disabilities since before the passage of the ACAA. Although the ACAA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in commercial air travel, little progress has been made in improving the process for people with disabilities, particularly those who use wheelchairs. This webinar provided updates on our efforts to make improvements to the process, including addressing wheelchair damage, ensuring lavatory access, and exploring the possibility of flying in your wheelchair. We also shared tips for how to navigate air travel today while we work for a better tomorrow. Please visit pva.org to view the recording if you weren’t able to participate on October 12th!
Disability community survey on access to air travel
We need your help to learn more about the current air travel experiences of passengers with disabilities. Please complete a short survey to help inform our policy efforts on this issue. This survey is sponsored by Paralyzed Veterans of America, American Council of the Blind, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Cure SMA, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, Epilepsy Foundation, Health Equity Collaborative, Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), National Federation of the Blind, and United Spinal Association.