August 22, 2004

Airline Bathrooms

Qutoed form INCLUSION DAILY EXPRESS, the International Disability Rights News Service

"Nine-year-old Fights For Accessibility Rights"
August 20, 2004

COPPELL, TEXAS--The following four paragraphs are excerpts from an Associated Press story published August 14:

Rasha Kawar zoomed in from summer school with her pigtails bouncing. She wore a brightly colored outfit and carried a jelly purse adorned with a rhinestone letter "R."

She suffers from cerebral palsy and depends on an electric wheelchair to get around, but she's determined to live like any other 9-year-old girl - and travel like one.

Rasha began a crusade to make airplane restrooms bigger after she had a hard time negotiating one in her wheelchair while flying home last summer after visiting her grandparents in Israel.

She started an online petition asking Congress to pass a law that would require all new airplanes to have at least one wheelchair-accessible restroom. The petition is up to almost 5,000 signatures, and lawmakers in Washington and organizations that help the disabled are taking notice.

Entire article:
"Nine-year-old fights for accessibility rights" (Associated Press via Denton Record-Chronicle)
http://www.dentonrc.com/sharedcontent/APStories/stories/D84EPP5G0.html
Related:
"Rasha's Petition : Accessible Restrooms on Airplanes " http://www.petitiononline.com/r9f12n16/
Girl with cerebral palsy fights for accessibility on airplanes
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/health/2002007205_rasha17.html

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