Universal Access in Airports--Don't Miss Out!

Sept. 2014 News

We are now just days away from Universal Access in Airports 2014, and I am so pleased with the turnout. This year marks something new, different and completely important. I'm not going to tell you the big news, but I will tell you something about the company working on it. When I first started ODO, someone gave me a contact at IBM who was pretty interested in disability but was about to retire. Then I heard about Francis West at Big Blue, and coming from the computer industry, I wanted to see what IBM was doing for access. Truth is, they are one of the most committed companies in the world. When you say ADA, 508, Part 382, or ACAA around an IBM'er, they hear innovation. Francis, Bill Curtis-Davidson and all the IBM'ers, thanks for making what you do and now helping us do what we do.

Eric Lipp, Executive Director
Open Doors Organization

UAIA 2014 - Don't Miss Out!

The countdown is on but If you haven't yet registered, there's still time. We have a truly great lineup of speakers from top technology firms--IBM, Arora Engineering, Hearing Loop and Malka Communications--and major airports--LAX, PHL and SFO. Disney will also be showing off its technology for people with sensory disabilities, and ODO will release results from its brand-new, nationwide disability travel study. Back by popular demand: the Consumer Roundtable featuring travelers with a variety of disabilities. For additional information or to register by phone, call ODO at 773.388.8839.  Final agenda.  Register now

ODO Part of Winning ATTRI Proposal

Yet another fantastic opportunity has just come our way. Beginning this October, we will be working with team leader Battelle Memorial Institute and Texas A&M Transportation Institute on Stakeholder User Needs Engagement for ATTRI. The DOT's Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative identifies, develops and deploys new applications or systems and supports policies for three primary stakeholder groups: people with disabilities, veterans and older adults. As part of the project, we will be organizing events and webinars to reach out to and elicit feedback from stakeholders on ATTRI goals and strategic priorities.

FAA Conference Focuses on Emergency Evacuation

The ADA/504 breakout session at this year's FAA Civil Rights Training Conference for Airports, held on Sept. 23 in Washington, DC, focused on the very important topic of emergency evacuation at airports for people with disabilities. Supriya Raman from the FAA Office of Civil Rights used the session to gather information on current best practices. The wide-ranging discussion covered division of responsibility, training and drills, means of emergency communication, community outreach, areas of safe rescue, evac chairs, sheltering in place and more. Participants were informed that their feedback would be used to help develop future guidelines or standards, currently non-existent.

DOT Forum Set for Nov. 5

The DOT will be hosting an all-day forum on Wed., Nov. 5 to discuss disability-related issues in air transportation.  The forum will take place at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel, located at 999 Ninth St. NW. To learn more, email Livaughn Chapman.

World Summit: Destinations for All

The Final Program for this major inclusive tourism event, set for Oct. 19-22 in Montreal, Canada, is now available online. More than 30 countries will be represented. On Oct. 21 at 9am, Open Doors Organization will be releasing international findings from its 2014 Travelers with Disabilities Study. Moderating the panel will be Jay Cardinali, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Other colleagues from the US on the agenda include Scott Rains and Lillian Miller, FAA. 

2014 CRO Classes

ODO's Initial Complaints Resolution Official Training is available on demand in the U.S. and overseas. Call 773.388.
8839 or email Eric Lipp for full details.
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5th Universal Access In Airports (UAIA)

Mon., October 6 – Wed., October 8, 2014
Chicago Marriott O’Hare

Best practices for air travelers with disabilities and seniors
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