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Aeronautics Board to ensure that handicapped persons receive

adequate air transportation service without unjust discrimination. These regulations prohibit all certified air carriers from

excluding qualified handicapped persons from the benefits of air

transportation.

Additionally, the regulations require all air carriers

receiving a Federal subsidy to:

make their aircraft reasonably accessible to handicapped

persons with mobility impairments;

ensure that sight-and-hearing impaired have timely access

to important information, including reports on flight

delays, schedule or gate changes;

allow sight-and-hearing impaired to be accompanied on aircraft by guide dogs on all flights on interstate and overseas air transportation (This regulation would not

apply in cases in which admissibility of dogs is

prohibited by the host government);

- permit passengers using canes or crutches to keep those

aids near them;

make reasonable efforts to permit handicapped persons to

take folding wheelchairs aboard and to stow them in the

passenger compartment;

accept as baggage battery-powered wheelchairs and

personal oxygen supplies of handicapped passengers.

Subject to advance notice, the regulations also require

federally-subsidized air carriers to ensure availability of:

medical oxygen for on-board use,

assistance in boarding and deplaning, and

personnel and equipment to assist in handling baggage and

making flight connections.

In addition, such carriers are required to "make reasonable

efforts" to assist handicapped passengers in moving to and from

restrooms aboard aircraft.

Aircraft designers are beginning to take the needs of

handicapped persons into consideration.

Boeing 767s are now

being manufactured with movable arm rests on some aisle seats to

make entry and egress easier for the disabled passenger.

An

onboard wheelchair, called a "stow-away", which is for the use of

disabled passengers, is now standard equipment on 767s.

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D.c.'s METRO, offer special access elevators for those who are

physically unable to negotiate escalators or stairs.

AMTRAK has

wheelchair accessible toilets and some AMTRAK food service cars

contain a special seat for handicapped persons.

Not all trains are equipped with such cars, however. At least one of the

national car rental companies provides cars with hand controls at

some outlets.

Enforcement of the Architectural Barriers Act has led to the

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U.S. Department of Transportation has published a Report on the

Transport Needs of Handicapped Individuals and on Guidelines for

Removing Barriers to Existing Transport Systems.

The National Park Service publishes a guide describing

special access facilities for handicapped persons.

A special tax deduction of up to $25,000 is available to

private concerns, such as hotels and motels, which design or alter their facilities to make them barrier-free. Today, most

major hotel and motel chains publish directories that give the

locations of those of their properties which offer special

facilities

such as lift bars over beds, grab bars beside

bathroom fixtures, wide entrance doors and "drive-under" sinks

for handicapped travelers.

A National Technical Assistance Network has been established

by the National Center for a Barrier-Free Environment,

an

organization co-founded by the American Institute of Architects,

the American Society of Interior Design, and eight organizations

representing or serving handicapped persons.

The Network

consists of persons and organizations capable of providing technical assistance in the areas of barrier-free design and

physical accessibility.

It includes designers, manufacturers,

contractors, code officials people responsible for the interpretation or enforcement of Federal, state or local building codes service providers and consumers.

At least one hotel held inhouse, staff training sessions

after it booked a large meeting to be attended by delegates with a particular disability. Guidelines for meeting planners are now available on criteria necessary for "Barrier Free Meetings". The mailed with tickets;

guidelines include such considerations as the width of

sleeping-and-bath room entrance doors and the placement of

electrical outlets and towel racks.

A number of travel agencies, such as those which are

members of the Society for the Advancement of Travel for the Handicapped, either specialize in, or offer, tours for

handicapped persons.

Moss Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia has established

a travel information center which issues information on

accessible hotels, attractions, restaurants and modes of

transportation.

Through the Theatre Development Fund's Theatre Access

Project, special services at a select number of New York

theaters, music and dance events are made available for hearing, visually and physically impaired persons. These include:

-- a summary of plays in either regular or large type,

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accessibility information on Broadway and off-Broadway

theaters;

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