Category Archives: Press

I wish this were a freak incident.

But it’s not. I cannot count how many times I have had to tell the person on the phone that I am disabled (WCHC, which means i cannot walk or stand), only to have to tell the ground crew at check in that I am WCHC disabled, and then to have to tell the ground crew at the gate that I am WCHC and will need an aisle chair, only to have them act as though this is the first time that they have heard of it, and the personnel and aisle chair arrive late, meaning I get to board in front of a plane load of passengers.

“We’ve researched the details of this Denver customer’s travel and can verify that she checked in at her flight at Newark Liberty International Airport two hours prior to her scheduled departure. but a processing error in that check-in process did not alert our employees at the gate to her special need (wheelchair) in boarding the aircraft.”

This needs to be fixed, and it isn’t specific to any one airline.


This is really discouraging,

Helen and I were in Denver a couple of years ago, and since I’m rather fond of old train stations, we went down to see Union Station. It was being renovated; surrounded by scaffolding and rubble, so we couldn’t go in.

Well they’ve finished it, according to this article, but also according to this article, “The station’s Great Hall features a public area with seating and shuffleboard tables, but the area is elevated and unreachable by people who can’t climb stairs, according to the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition.”

And, “The Coalition says RTD has offered to set up a temporary ramp when someone needs it. The group’s attorney, Andrew Montoya, says that’s not enough.

That’s absolutely not the same experience, basically to have to go around, see that there is no ramp, and then make your way around, trying to find someone who maybe can get a ramp out for you,” Montoya said.

I know exactly what Mr Montoya is talking about. Equal access doesn’t mean that an able bodied person gets to walk up a flight of stairs while their disabled counterpart has to go find someone and ask them, “Excuse me sir/madam, could you please put up the ramp?”

How is this even possible? I could understand if the station were in its original condition, but they just renovated it and the ADA has been in force since 1990. How hard is it to install a permanent ramp?

Thank you to the Facebook group, “Representing Disability in an Ableist World” for this information.


This Beggars Belief.

So, instead of making sure that restroom facilities are ADA compliant, a facility has the option of just closing all the restrooms?


EU regulations, airports in Europe, and Copenhagen Airport specifically.

This might be of interest to you, even though it is 6 years-old.


What happens when “Access” isn’t clearly defined.

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Wheelchair Ramp

This photo was taken in Cancun Mexico, photographer  unknown.


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.


Important information regarding EU and Disabled Access.

Important information regarding EU regulations and Disabled Access


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