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Air Travel for Individuals with Disabilities: Intersection of the Air Carriers Access Act and the ADA

A recent study by the Open Doors Organization revealed that in the past two years, more than 26 million adults with disabilities traveled for business or pleasure. While legislation such as the Air Carrier Accessibility Act (ACAA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has helped to improve travel experiences for people with disabilities, many still face challenges in air travel. Some of the challenges may be due to misunderstanding about one’s rights and responsibilities under relevant legislation. This session will provide an overview of the implications of the ACAA and the ADA on air travel – from booking a flight to boarding and deplaning. Issues such as emergency evacuation and traveling with a service animal will also be addressed.

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