Congressman, NTID, Center for Disability Rights push for airport accessibility for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

Updated: December 06, 2019 11:25 PM
Created: December 06, 2019 10:13 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A local politician met with local advocates for the deaf and hard-of-hearing to discuss the importance of accessibility in airports.

Last month, U.S. Congressman Joe Morelle raised concern that rule-making on accessibility for all airline passengers was delayed again.


On Friday, he spoke with News10NBC about the importance of ensuring accessibility for deaf and hard-of-hearing passengers.

Morelle said he sent a letter to the Department of Transportation asking them to take action on accessibility standards such as captioning on the in-flight entertainment systems.

He was joined by representatives from RIT’s National Institute for the Deaf, as well as the Center for Disability Rights at the Rochester International Airport.

Gerry Buckley, Ed.D, is president and dean of the NTID. He outlined why accessibility is especially important for ROC.

"Very soon we'll be on break,” Buckley said. “They'll be 1,200 deaf students at this airport alone traveling all over the world and country and we should be giving equal access almost 30 years after the ADA. It's time."

Buckley also said it’s important to consider senior citizens with hearing loss.

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