Implementation Guides to help Canadian air carriers better serve travellers who are blind or have a visual impairment



    OTTAWA, Sept. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Transportation Agency has
released two Implementation Guides to help Canadian air carriers better serve
travellers who are blind or have a visual impairment.
    The guides were drafted to help carriers meet two provisions in the
voluntary Code of Practice: Aircraft Accessibility for Persons with
Disabilities. These provisions are designed to ensure that passengers with
disabilities who use service dogs, such as those who have visual, hearing or
mobility impairments, can travel safely with their animals and can more
independently locate their seat in the cabin of an aircraft.
    "The Agency has a responsibility to foster an air transportation system
to meet the needs of all Canadians," said Geoff Hare, Chair and CEO of the
Canadian Transportation Agency. "We feel that these implementation guides will
go a long way in helping air carriers meet the needs of passengers who are
blind or have a visual impairment and other passengers with disabilities who
use service dogs."
    In developing the two new Implementation Guides, the Agency consulted
Canadian air carriers, professional service dog training institutions,
national organizations of the blind, and the Agency's Accessibility Advisory
Committee.
    Carriers have until December 1, 2009 to ensure sufficient space for
service dogs, and until March 31, 2010 to implement policies for tactile row
markers.
    The Guides, and the Code they help to implement, are available on the
Agency's Web site at http://www.cta-otc.gc.ca/doc.php?sid=1159&lang=eng.

    About the Agency:

    The Canadian Transportation Agency is an independent administrative
tribunal. Its mandate includes the responsibility to eliminate undue obstacles
to the mobility of persons with disabilities within the federal transportation
network. Its mission is to administer Government of Canada transportation
legislation, regulations and policies to help achieve an efficient and
accessible transportation network.





For further information:

For further information: Natalie Hanson, Senior Communications Advisory,
(819) 934-9042 or natalie.hanson@cta-otc.gc.ca


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