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Dept of Transportation Issues Air Travel Guidance for Travellers With Developmental Disabilities

January 22, 2017

The guidelines clearly state that people with developmental disabilities including Autism are protected under the Air Carrier Access Act. 

This document was issued to help passengers with developmental disabilities understand their legal rights, as well as to provide information to them on how best to prepare for air travel in order to ensure a smooth and comfortable trip. It also gives airline employees and contractors information about the airlines’ legal responsibilities to accommodate passengers with developmental disabilities. The document does not expand airlines’ legal obligations or establish new requirements under the law. It contains information about existing requirements and suggested practices and procedures for airlines to use to appropriately interact with and respond to the needs of passengers with different types of developmental disabilities.




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