[Nfbmo] Announcement: Association for Airline Passenger RightsAnnounces Air Travel Accessibility Conference; event to focus on airports, airlines and other services forpassengers with special needs

NJ Lynn freespirit at accessibleworld.org
Mon Oct 7 14:24:12 UTC 2013

I got this from the ACB list and thought you'd be interested.
The following announcement is forwarded to you by the Great Lakes ADA Center
(www.adagreatlakes.org) for your information:
Association for Airline Passenger Rights Announces Air Travel Accessibility
Conference; event to focus on airports, airlines and other services for
passengers with special needs


WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 7, 2013) -- The Association for Airline Passenger
Rights <http://www.flyfriendlyskies.com/> , (AAPR) today announced its 1st
Annual Air Travel Accessibility Conference, designed to identify and discuss
ways to improve accessible air travel for passengers with special needs.
AAPR defines special needs passengers as Wounded Warriors, passengers with
disabilities, passengers of size and senior citizens needing assistance. The
conference will be held in Washington, DC at the Westin Washington DC City
Center on Tuesday, December 10, 2013.

AAPR is the only airline consumer rights group that includes "accessibility
" as one of its stated objectives. Accessibility has increasingly gained the
attention of the U.S. Department of Transportation, evidenced by the number
of fines over the last few years against airlines for violating the Air
Carrier Access Act. In fact, consumer complaints among passengers with
disabilities are on the rise, according to the Aviation Consumer Protection
& Enforcement (ACPE).

"Flying isn't easy anymore, especially for travelers with special needs,"
said Brandon M. Macsata, Executive Director of the Association for Airline
Passenger Rights. "Our groundbreaking conference will convene various
aviation, business, disability, government and related stakeholder groups
for presentations by leading experts, as well as provide a platform for
discussions on how the aviation industry can best improve accessibility for
passengers with special needs."

Macsata said that there is a convincingly strong business case for airports,
airlines and other travel services improving their accessibility; annually,
passengers with special needs do a lot of traveling, and they're looking to
spend their money where they know that their needs are being met.

To learn more about the 1st Annual Air Travel Accessibility Conference,
visit www.flyfriendlyskies.com/events.html
<http://www.flyfriendlyskies.com/events.html> .

The conference is being supported by the following Gold Sponsors: Great
Lakes ADA Center, Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, NAAFA, Society for Accessible
Travel & Hospitality (SATH), Solutions Marketing Group (SMG) & The
Macsata-Kornegay Group (TMKG); Silver Sponsors: Able to Travel, a program of
the United Spinal Association, National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) &
SSB BART Group; and our Bronze Sponsors: Bender Consulting & Scootaround.

For more information about the Association for Airline Passenger Rights or
its upcoming conference, please visit www.flyfriendlyskies.com
<http://www.flyfriendlyskies.com/>  or contact AAPR directly at
info at flyfriendlyskies.com <mailto:info at flyfriendlyskies.com> . 

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