Paralyzed Veterans of America recognizes Air Carrier Access Act anniversary

Paralyzed Veterans of America has recognized the 30th anniversary of the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities while traveling by air, the organization said.

Paralyzed Veterans was instrumental in lobbying for and helping craft the law to help people with disabilities have equal access to fly on airplanes.

The Department of Transportation outlined plans to create a negotiated rule-making committee consisting of disability advocacy organizations like Paralyzed Veterans, as well as airlines and aircraft manufacturers. The Accessible Air Transportation Advisory Committee, or ACCESS, is working to develop proposed amendments to DOT´s disability regulations on accessible in-flight entertainment and communications, accessible lavatories on single-aisle aircraft, and amending the definition of service animals.

ACAA is separate from the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which may be less effective in advocating for needed changes in air travel access.

Paralyzed Veterans of America is a Congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease.

Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.