If you went online after the 2023 Super Bowl, chances are that you encountered the viral praise of the deaf American Sign Language (ASL) performer Justina Miles, who made it possible for the deaf community to enjoy the halftime performance. (If not, check out the wonderful performance here.) Audiences and news outlets alike applauded the stellar performance, which marked the first time a deaf woman performed at a Super Bowl halftime show. This was a groundbreaking moment for disability accessibility.
Known as informal removals, the tactics are “off-the-book” suspensions often in violation of federal civil rights protections for those with disabilities.
“For too long, carriers have gotten away with predatory practices that treat customers like suckers and view passengers with disabilities as disposable,” Duckworth said in a statement. “As chair of (the) Aviation Safety Subcommittee, I’m committed to helping ensure air travel is as safe and convenient as possible for every traveler – including Americans with disabilities. By preventing disability-related complaints from being swept under the rug, our bipartisan bill would shine a light on these problems and help ensure that the millions of passengers with disabilities who fly every year are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
As costs rise, many older Americans have changed the way they shop and eat out. For some, it could affect their health or leave them feeling isolated.
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