The ADA and UFAS (Unified Federal Accessibility Standards)

When I broke my back in 1986, people were helpful, and flying was still possible, but it wasn’t until 1990, when the US Government passed the Americans with Disabilities Act that meeting the needs– travel and otherwise– of disabled Americans became law.

All of that was well and good, but it only took about a year for people to realize that while guaranteeing the rights of the disabled was a good idea, nobody really had any idea what “Access” actually meant.

So (and this is one of those rare times when a committee actually produced something useful), the people in charge of figuring out how to implement the ADA got together and created a legal definition of “Disabled Access”. And they got it right.

The EU would do well to adopt this same code instead of spending time in endless conferences, talking about how to make disabled access uniform across the globe, including the idea that they need to get the USA on board. I am not a chest-thumping patriot, but in this case America got it right.

This is handy to have, the PDF for UFAS.


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