NSCIA is supporting the efforts of Ben Trockman, a wheelchair user and student at the University of Southern Indiana who has started a petition to improve airline accessibility.
“The current standard for air travel for people using power wheelchairs is exhausting, dangerous, many times embarrassing and utterly unacceptable. It is also a process that has the opportunity of improving and eventually being fixed,” says Trockman, who is also a board member at Easter Seals Southwestern Indiana.
We agree! Everyone should have the opportunity to travel the world by air.
In March 2006, at the age of 17, Ben was involved in a motocross accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down.
“I am an exceptionally active person, as are many other folks with disabilities. I want to travel the country and the world, but with these types of limitations that is not possible. We need to join together and advocate this necessary change,” explains Trockman.
“It is essential for folks like myself to have the ability to easily travel, and I know that there are many others that will get on board. I sincerely appreciate your time and hope you will join me in this cause. I hope to hear any suggestions or different ideas relating to the improvement of air travel for people like myself,” he adds.
Visit Ben’s Blog to read his story and learn more about his petition.