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Statement to WBU national member organizations about accessible air travel

The World Blind Union is encouraging national members to urgently intensify advocacy efforts towards delegates of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to address pressing issues affecting blind and partially sighted Air travellers. ICAO will be holding their 40th session in Montreal, Canada from 24 September to 4 October, 2019. WBU is therefore mobilizing all members to sensitize relevant state authorities in their respective countries to ensure that delegates present and approve a resolution to establish international regulations which address the following key issues:
  1. Accessibility of self-serve travel kiosks;
  2. Universal policies surrounding guide dogs and air travel;
  3. Accessible/usable websites and inflight entertainment systems. 
The statement below contains a link to ICAO's website where you can find a list of country-specific state authorities relevant for the encouraged advocacy efforts. WBU recommends that member organizations issue a statement on the subject matter directed to these entities, as well as schedule meetings with the same to follow up the issues to ensure they are not ignored. 

We hope that you will find this statement useful in your efforts to sensitize the ICAO delegates from your country. 

Read the full statement here: WBU position statement on air travel-EN.docWBU position statement on air travel