News from Northwest ADA Center – Idaho
Paralyzed Veterans of America Applaud Passage of Accessible Travel Bill
According to Paralyzed Veterans of America, the number one complain that they receive from members is related to problems with air travel. Shaun Castle, who serves as the deputy executive jdirector of PVofA, has had his wheelchair bent, cracked, and even lost in separate incidents.
“These are more than minor inconveniences,” Castle said. “If my wheelchair is damaged, it may mean I am stranded until I can get it repaired.”
H.R. 302 passed through the Senate on October 4th by a vote of 93 to 6. This legislation includes a ‘bill of rights’ and an advisory panel for passengers with disabilities as well as revised training and procedures for TSA screenings of people with disabilities. Some of the provisions include increased civil penalties for wheelchair damage or bodily harm, and a study of feasibility of in-cabin wheelchair restraint systems.
Senator Baldwin was a sponsor of the bill, “In order to keep America’s promises of full equality for all, we must break down the barriers that individuals with disabilities an our veterans face when they travel,” said Baldwin.
“We applaud the bipartisan passage of this bill,”said David Zurfluh, national president of PVofA. “This is truly a move in the right direction and we will continue to support efforts to prohibit discrimination based on disability in air travel.”
Passengers with disabilities deserve equal access to the skies, said Congressman Langevin, a quad who co-chairs the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus. “As I have seen in my own flying, however, our safety and security is often not prioritized. That’s why I’m proud to work with Senator Baldwin to reduce barriers to travel. While there is still considerable progress to be made, I am pleased with our achievements in this legislation.”
Dana Gover, MPA, and ACTCP Certification, ADA Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator
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