AIR TRAVEL ACCESS UPDATES
December 14, 2015 § 3 Comments
CCAC HAS AGAIN CONTACTED DOT, ACCESS BOARD AND FAA
to support and encourage quality CAPTIONING inclusion for all in-flight entertainment (IFE), in-flight live captioned announcements, and live captioning for announcements of all kinds in airports
NEWS: CCAC has a reply today, 14 December, from an attorney at the DOT – a meaningful reply acknowledging our concerns and connecting us to the consultant who will head the Committee if DOT moves forward as in the announcement noted below. We aim to keep informed and build interest and advocacy for Air Travel Access! The Team appreciates the letter from DOT.
Reminder about this important December notice from DOT: https://cms.dot.gov/briefing-room/dot-explores-consensus-based-initiative-make-flying-easier-individuals-disabilities
and CCAC’s continuing AIR TRAVEL ACCESS advocacy since 2010 – summary here: http://ccacaptioning.org/captioning-transportation/
In the December announcement, only IFE is mentioned. A very good mention. We ask them to include the other two items so important for safety and not missing a change made by airports and airlines when one is already at the gate.
The CCAC Air Travel Access Team invites and welcomes more members! Individuals and other Groups – get in touch.
Talk to your State representatives about this. Talk to the airports you use. Talk to your national Congresspeople. Talk to the airlines you travel on. Talk to the airports you use.
If you would like us to help you in any way, email CCACaptioning@gmail.com – and help us please. Let us know you want to advocate with us.
Suggestions and strategy advice also invited and welcome, along with your energies.
Sample Message for airlines, airports, airplane manufacturers, legislators:
WE write to ask for quality Live Captioning for all aspects of Air Travel. Millions of us need real-time captioning (speech-to-text easily seen) in order to understand important airport and in-air messages for safety and changes often announced. We also support the DOT proposal to “ensure that the same in-flight entertainment (IFE) available to all passengers is accessible to passengers with disabilities.” We are not only mega-millions of people with hearing loss and deafness, we are also hearing people who cannot understand vital messages in noisy environments, citizens with different first languages, and others with different learning and sensory needs. Read more on http://ccacaptioning.org/captioning-transportation/.
Quality Captioning is Equal Communication Access under the ADA. It also makes perfect sense for safer and smoother air travel everyplace. Please let us know your interest in this equality advocacy.
Your Name here…
NB: The recent ruling for TV in airports from the DOT – for CC to be ON – was a good step in this larger concern for equal access for all Air Travel. See this article for one among many, https://www.abercap.com/blog/2015/10/06/department-of-transportation-orders-closed-captioning-in-airports/. TV is still an important news and entertainment source in airports. Now it’s time to think ahead, and think more broadly for these other issues we outline above. Modern technologies exist for air travel leaders and managers, companies and government to make access happen soon.