The Air Carrier Access Act prohibits discrimination based on disability in air travel and requires that all flights on U.S. airlines, and flights to or from the United States by foreign airlines, accommodate the needs of passengers with disabilities. Each airline has their own policies and procedures so calling ahead can help the travel experience go more smoothly.
This guide is designed to offer travelers with disabilities a brief but authoritative source of information about the Air Carrier Access rules: the accommodations, facilities, and services that are now required to be available. It also describes features required by other regulations designed to make air travel more accessible.
Guide to Airlines’ Accommodations
Check out the recent guide to airlines’ accommodations for passengers with disabilities from Cheapflights.com.
Accessible vehicles provide greater independence for people with disabilities. Hand controls, pedal modifications, and steering devices allow people with disabilities to drive their own cars. Lifts, wheelchair carriers, and restraints allow a person with a disability to ride safely in a vehicle. Learn more about modifications and how to drive and purchase an accessible vehicle:
A non-profit trade association of mobility equipment dealers, manufacturers, driver rehabilitation specialists and other professionals dedicated to expanding opportunities for people with disabilities to drive or be transported in vehicles modified with mobility equipment. Provides information on financing and rebates available from auto dealers.
Other Helpful Resources
Mobility is often a key issue for people with disabilities. Fortunately, many types of equipment exist to assist with mobility. This includes manual wheelchairs, powered wheelchairs, scooters and more. You may consider working with a certified professional to evaluate your needs and determine the best equipment to your unique situation. Here are resources to assist you.
Provides education and research related to wheelchairs and their use, safety standards, how to select a wheelchair and more for consumers and researchers.
USA TechGuide provides an overview of wheelchair, mobility scooters, and assistive technology choices.
Other Helpful Resources
Health Care Abroad
For information regarding travel outside of the US
People with disabilities need and deserve housing that is affordable, assessible, and designed for mobility. The following links will assist you in finding valuable housing information and resources.
HUD provides a complete overview of housing options, information regarding housing discrimination and more.
Housing Finance Agencies offer individuals, families, and businesses a wide range of support and assistance. Click your state to find HFAs and organizations near you that can help you with your housing finance questions and concerns.