Department of Transportation’s ACCESS Advisory Committee
Hits the Runway
HLAA was selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to represent people with hearing loss on the newly chartered Advisory Committee on Accessible Air Transportation (ACCESS Advisory Committee). Lise Hamlin, director of public policy at HLAA, attended the first meeting of the Advisory Committee on May 17-18.
See the notice in the Federal Register.
The ACCESS Advisory Committee was chartered to enter into a negotiated rulemaking (Reg-Neg) that will help DOT draft a rulemaking on in-flight entertainment (IFE) and in-flight communications (IFC), service animals, and accessible lavatories. HLAA will be providing a consumer perspective for the IFE/IFC working group.
We have our work cut out for us! Like any negotiation, each stakeholder has opinions about how they’d like to see the rules drafted. We realize that everybody may not always agree, but we believe at least some airline industry members do see the value of providing access to people with disabilities who travel by air and will work toward making the right decisions.