National Federation of the Blind Applauds United Airlines for Prudent Service Animal Policy
Major air carrier?s policy on trained service animals remains unchanged
Baltimore, Maryland (February 6, 2018): The National Federation of the Blind, the nation?s oldest and largest organization of blind people, commends United Airlines for announcing that there will be no changes to its policies regarding travelers with dog guides and other service animals, as opposed to animals that may fit other categories.
Blind people have worked for decades to make sure that dog guides are trained and managed in a manner that supports the equal treatment of blind people in public places, said Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. ?Every day, dog guides facilitate smooth and independent travel by the thousands of blind people who choose to use them, including my own wife. Unnecessary and burdensome notice and documentation requirements would have limited the independence of these travelers. We therefore thank United for continuing to recognize the qualifications of trained dog guides in its recently announced policy revisions, and we call on all other air carriers to adopt this same approach. We also urge United and the rest of the airline industry to engage with us to ensure that all aspects of the air travel experience, including in-flight entertainment and the use of mobile applications and websites, are accessible to blind people.?
Cheryl Echevarria - Owner of Echevarria Travel LLC has been legally blind since 2001 from complications from type 1 diabetes; which she has been an advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Association for Years. She has also been an Officer of the NFB of New York State (which she has held position from Treasurer to President of the Greater Long Island Chapter) and is the past President of the NFB Travel & Tourism Division from 2012-2015. Currently, Cheryl is a board member of the National Association of Blind Veterans another proud division of the NFB.
About the National Federation of the Blind
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), headquartered in Baltimore, is the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind Americans. Founded in 1940, the NFB consists of affiliates, chapters, and divisions in the fifty states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico. The NFB defends the rights of blind people of all ages and provides information and support to families with blind children, older Americans who are losing vision, and more. We believe in the hopes and dreams of blind people and work together to transform them into reality. Learn more about our many programs and initiatives at www.nfb.org.
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)
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