Air Travel Access – To Read and Take Action
May 30, 2013 Comments Off on Air Travel Access – To Read and Take Action
It’s past time to talk to everyone concerned about Captioning for Air Travel – due to some very important new developments.
a. For background, read this short post we published in January – https://ccacblog.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/air-travel-access-with-captioning/ as well as the comment there.
b. There’s a very important new Senate Bill 556 in the USA Congress, introduced by Sen. Harkin some months ago – and there is movement on it now. If you look at the information below, you’ll see that CCAC was one of the first to comment on the Senate website Senator Harkin has. He also has a facebook page. We are aiming to talk with him and others to develop some ground-swell on this. Let’s collaborate! Email us at CCACaptioning@gmail.com
c. CCAC members are considering a new Flyer for this. It’s low or no cost, easy to create, and easy to distribute. Who wants to help with design or other campaign aspects of this Email CCACaptioning@gmail.com
d. Let’s discuss here, in CCAC membership online (for members we have a great google group – join the CCAC first (free) – then you are also subscribed for one email a day, none, or all messages)….
e. What else do you think will be needed to see this Bill become law? As you know, there are many steps in the process.
f. The Bill is for everyone – international too – since it concerns all flights entering or leaving from the USA.
Looking forward to your comments and energies.
Earlier information on the CCAC Web – look over the tabs for Advocacy and Resources (Transportation). The listings of many airlines and access are not all and we welcome new information to add there at any time. There are also new discussions on social media. If you are involved in one, please email CCACaptioning@gmail.com to advise us with the web address for it.
First, the new Senate Bill 556 – Senate Bill 556 for Air Travel Access with captioning. Many letters of support please! http://www.opencongress.org/bill/113-s556/show
And, ADA, Air Carriers Access Act Amendments Introduced by Senator Harkin Would Require Captions, Video Description in Movie Theaters, on Flights, Press release issued March 13, 2013
NB: CCAC focus here is for Air Travel – there are two separate bills, not to confuse them since both need citizen support and both important, the other one for cinema – on land, not in the air)
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), long-time champion of the rights of people with disabilities and author of the Americans with Disabilities Act, has introduced new amendments to the ADA and to the Air Carriers Access Act to expand access to media. These new bills promise to fully include people with sensory disabilities in two key venues for entertainment and information: movie theaters and airlines. They require captions and video description in movie theaters as well as in-flight entertainment, and include provisions for making seat-back touch-screens accessible on airlines.
Press release from the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP):
Next, more from the CCAC web resources on AIR TRAVEL:
and AC domestic flights have French language movies (mostly from Quebec) that are captioned in English.International flights add a selection of “world” movies, also captioned.
Films advertise caption in English did not work only Arabic showing captions.
Access to safety instruction – spoken English and Arabic – sign language in Arabic
Monitor at back seat going out to Cairo – showing voice instruction in English and Arabic, Arabic signing in small box (too small) No access to safety for d/Deaf westerner travellers
No monitor from Cairo to Luxor and Luxor to London – monitor from ceiling too small to see signer and again lack safety instruction for d/Deaf westerners travellers