[AI] Widening access the European way

Subramani L lsubramani at deccanherald.co.in
Thu Aug 16 01:27:44 EDT 2007


It's just a click away on the Internet, but the point I'm trying to make
is that people care little about the issue and may may have done it
because someone would have asked them to do it. Even so, it doesn't take
much to research this small detail. 

Subramani

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Oh! It would be too much to expect from them to remember and reproduce
it!

Rajesh
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> Fine, but where is the name of the "1995 act"?
>
> Subramani
>
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> [mailto:accessindia-bounces at accessindia.org.in] On Behalf Of Rajesh
> Asudani
> Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2007 12:19 PM
> To: accessindia at accessindia.org.in
> Subject: [AI] Widening access the European way
>
>
>
> In a rare but welcome move, the hindu has published the editorial on
> disability topic.
>
> Widening access the European way
>
> The recent European Union Regulation forbidding airlines and tour
> operators from denying travel for passengers with disabilities and
> reduced mobility, besides
> affirming the principle of anti-discrimination, also makes sound
> business sense. Persons with restricted mobility, among whom are the
> aged and those with
> various temporary and permanent impairments, are said to make up about
> 10 per cent of the EU's population. The new rules are also a major
> assurance that
> peopl e with limited mobility can take advantage of the benefits that
> have accrued from the EU's single market in air transport such as
wider
> choices of
> lower fares, carriers, and destinations. Under the new regime, turning
> down disabled passengers would be a violation except when it is
> warranted by safety
> and such an exception must be justified under the law. Through another
> measure, effective July 2008, European airlines will be obliged to
allow
> carriage
> of wheelchairs and guide-dogs free of charge.
>
> The rights and safety of passengers have received high priority in the
> EU's transport policy in recent years and the aviation sector has been
a
> leader in
> extending disabled-friendly facilities. However, instances of unequal
> treatment have been reported from low-cost flight service providers,
> where the pressures
> of cost-competitiveness often undermine compliance with standard
access
> procedures. The new measure thus aims to ensure a more comprehensive
> provision
> of service and uniform application of the anti-discrimination across
the
> EU. In India, the 1995 law mandates equality of access to education,
> employment,
> and mobility for the disabled. In its effective implementation, public
> awareness can improve and the deep-seated prejudices can be rooted
out.
> Except for
> some exemplary judicial directives relating to the use of wheelchairs
by
> air passengers and access to public transport and educational
> institutions, the
> law remains by and large on paper. Among the lessons policy-makers can
> learn from the European experience is that successful intervention in
> the area of
> disability is predicated upon the effectiveness of measures in other
> spheres of public policy. The overall gains for the elderly, the
> terminally ill, women
> and children from measures to improve access for the disabled make the
> case for proper enforcement of the law even stronger.
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