Advocating for Airline Accessibility: Interview with Vicki Jurney-Taylor

Let’s all have the chance to FLY!

Disability Visibility Project

The Disability Visibility Project recently came across the work of Vicki Jurney-Taylor, writer, disability advocate and accessibility consultant. She is spearheading an online campaign requesting Congress to require the airline industry to provide spaces on commercial flights for passengers who must remain seated in their wheelchairs for health and safety reasons.

Below is an interview with Vicky.

What motivated you to start this petition?

This project is very near and dear to my heart since I cannot sit in a standard airline passenger seat due to my disability. Many individuals, like me, lack the strength to support their necks or torsos, or it is very painful for them to sit anywhere except in their wheelchairs. Also, I have hundreds of stories from people who have injured while being transferred by airline personnel who were not trained and of their wheelchairs being damaged by baggage handlers.

With the globalization of…

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