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NEW DOT BOOKLET HELPS DISABLED AIR TRAVELERS

 NEW DOT BOOKLET HELPS DISABLED AIR TRAVELERS
 WASHINGTON, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- A booklet designed to inform


air travelers with disabilities of their rights and help them plan trips was issued today by the Department of Transportation.
 "New Horizons for the Air Traveler with a Disability" describes the progress under the Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 in making air travel easier for persons with disabilities. It also outlines changes that will take place under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
 The booklet offers suggestions to these travelers on planning their trips, such as informing airlines and travel agents in advance to help them provide any special assistance that may be required for the passenger's comfort and safety. It also describes special services passengers can expect, such as assistance in boarding and moving about the aircraft.
 The information in the booklet is based on departmental regulations adopted to meet the requirements of the Air Carrier Access Act. DOT said these regulations are based on the following principles:
 -- The physical barriers encountered by those with disabilities can be vastly reduced by employing simple changes in layout and technology.
 -- Problems for passengers with hearing or vision impairment will be minimized if they are provided access to the same information that is available to other passengers.
 -- All air travel personnel who come in day-to-day contact with the public need to be trained to understand the needs of passengers with disabilities and how they can be accommodated quickly, safely and with dignity.
 Individual copies of "New Horizons for the Air Traveler with a Disability" are now available free of charge from the Consumer Information Center, Department 608-Y, Pueblo, Colo. 81009. There may be a small charge for the booklet in the future. An audiocassette version of the booklet is also available from DOT's Office of Regulatory Affairs, P-10, Room 9222, 400 7th St., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20590, or by calling 202-366-4220.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Mosley of the U.S. Department of Transportation, 202-366-5571/ CO: U.S. Department of Transportation ST: District of Columbia IN: SU:


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