Advocacy and Accessibility: Air Travel with a Wheelchair

Advocacy and Accessibility: Air Travel with a Wheelchair

While the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has ensured some modes of public transportation are accessible for people with disabilities, a large barrier remains when it comes to air travel. In fact, in 2021 alone, the Department of Transportation received 1,394 disability-related complaints.

In this video, Easterseals examines the issues with air travel accessibility, especially when it comes to using a wheelchair. From broken wheelchairs to fear of air travel, Easterseals Board Member Maria Serrao and Easterseals National Advocate Erin Hawley speak about their experiences traveling with a disability.

These stories from Maria and Erin are just a few of the many reported every year. Add your voice and advocate for accessible air travel by sharing your story with your representatives at and

Learn more by reading our recent blog post “Terrifying and Uncomfortable: The Struggles People with Disabilities Face while Flying.”

About the Author:

Kelly Lapadula is the Digital Marketing Manager for Easterseals Southern California. In this role, she enjoys sharing stories that connect Easterseals' services with their local communities. While Kelly joined the Easterseals SoCal team in 2022, her history with the non-profit began in 2013, when she interned at the National office in Chicago. Kelly is thrilled to be back, working to increase awareness of the disability services Easterseals provides throughout Southern California.

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