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Support the CRPD Treaty!

Posted: November 20, 2013

Are you aware of the Disability Rights Treaty? The Disability Rights Treaty is a treaty that protects the rights of people with disabilities worldwide and gets its inspiration from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

For more information about the CRPD treaty...


Open Board Disccusion Group

Posted: November 20, 2013

On September 19, 2013, a motion was made to open the board discussion list on the closed board discussion group.

To learn more about the open board discussion group...


Response to ComAir Airlines Treatment of Father Cyril Axelrod

Date: September 2, 2013

Re: ComAir Airlines
From: American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB)

The American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB) joins the international communities in condemning the actions of ComAir against Father Cyril Axelrod in denying him his right to board a flight on August 10, 2013 and travel to his destination in a manner that is equal and accessible.

While the ComAir incident is prominent in today's news, unfortunately this is not news. AADB has received numerous complaints from DeafBlind travelers prior to and since the ComAir incident and recognizes this has become an epidemic not restricted to South Africa but across all borders domestically and internationally.

To this end, AADB is forming the National DeafBlind Transportation Task Force to further collect testimonies from DeafBlind travelers and develop a comprehensive report as well as establish a guideline for accessibility for all DeafBlind travelers. The goal of the task force will be to work with government agencies to implement laws and regulations that create fair and accessible travel for all DeafBlind persons. We call upon our international peers to work together in their respective countries and collaboratively to find an international solution to an international problem.


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