RESNA Standards Committee on Air Travel – Meeting Announcement

Date: 
Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 9:00am
Category: 
Standards News

The first meeting of RESNA Standards Committee on Air Travel will be 7 November 2017 at PVA (Paralyzed Veterans of America) National Headquarters in Washington DC, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm ET. Virtual meeting call-in information will be distributed prior to the meeting. Meetings are open to anyone; voting on documents requires membership.

Paralyzed Veterans of America
801 18th St, NW
Washington, DC 20006

This is the first official meeting of the RESNA Standards Committee on Air Travel (ATAT). ATAT has held planning meetings. Various stakeholders participated in these meetings and discussed the need and scope of a standard to address the issues people with mobility impairments are encountering during air travel. The committee plans to meet quarterly via Web Ex over the next year to continue developing the Draft RESNA Standard on Assistive Technology for Air Travel – Vol. 1 Protection of Mobility Devices for Air Travel – Section 1 – Powered Mobility Devices. An American National Standard – Project Initiation Notification (PINs) was submitted for this work.

The goal of the committee is to create air travel standards and guidelines for powered wheelchair: design, labeling, information cards and airport personnel handling and training procedures. RESNA is a standards developing organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The RESNA Assistive Technology Standards Board is the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ANSI for the development of ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standards pertaining to assistive technology and other products for persons with disabilities.

It is important to the work of the committee that we have participating members from various aspects of air travel and consumers with impairments.  This includes Airline Industry Experts, Consumers/Caregivers, Disability Organization, Representative, Government, Mobility Device Manufacturers, Research & Development, and Test Labs, Testing Assessment, & Clinical ExpertsThe committee is currently seeking participants from all interest categories previously listed. To become a member, please visit http://www.resna.org/at-standards to go the Standards Committee page to download the membership form for the committee.

If you have any questions about the work of this committee or how to get involved, please contact Peter Axelson at peter@beneficialdesigns.com for additional information.