HLAA filed comments with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in response to their draft Advisory Circular (AC), Access to Airports by Individuals with Disabilities.
The FAA offered the AC for public review and comments in June 2016. The AC provides guidance and recommendations for operators of airports to ensure access to airports by individuals with disabilities. The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TDI) both signed onto HLAA's comments.
Our comments included recommendations that the FAA provide information about:
- CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation)
- Videophones and video communication
- Captioned phones
- Hearing induction loops and assistive listening systems
- Captioning on televisions
We also urged inclusion of a section of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which would alert airport operators to allow the use of hearing devices during required hearing acuity testing when hiring.
HLAA advised the FAA that we would be available to airport operators should they need additional information.