Universal Design and Standards
Project Intent: Create new American National Standard
Draft RESNA Standard for Assistive Technology for Air Travel – Volume 1: Requirements and Test Methods Related to Mobility Devices (RESNA AT-1)
Assistive technologies that have to be stored in the baggage areas on board aircraft are often damaged by the time they are returned to the passenger at their destination. Content for a standardized information card and checklist, labeling, handling procedures, and training are needed to improve the process for the storage and handling of mobility technologies that are required for passengers who are not ambulatory. Design guidelines are needed to encourage manufacturers to manufacture and to educate assistive technology providers, suppliers, seating and mobility specialists, and passengers about selecting mobility devices that have features specific for air travel. The features would make the mobility devices easier to handle during air travel and reduce the likelihood of damage.
Airline carriers, Airline manufacturers, Wheelchair manufacturers, Passenger and boarding service providers and airline employees, Health Insurance providers and payers, Disability related consumer advocacy organizations, Government agencies, Wheelchair repair companies, Rehabilitation programs, and air travelers with functional impairments and caregivers
For efficient and safe handling and storage of many types of assistive technologies (AT) for passengers with mobility impairments (PWMI) on aircraft, the following will be created: a checklist of the dimensional, performance and instructional information to be physically and/or electronically associated with the AT; procedures and training for the handling of AT; labeling and design specifications for AT suitable for transport in commercial aircraft. Create and disseminate information for PWMI.
Beneficial Designs, Inc. is actively participating in many different avenues in creating standards to help improve the lives of people with all abilities.
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