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DOT’s Pathways Hiring Event for Students and Recent Graduates – Sept 28

September 24, 2015 in Community Events

 

 

Do you know of any students looking for Pathways Jobs?

Interested students should refer to “specific” criteria for each “public notice” announcement.
Please Alert Your Student Population!

What: DOT On-Site Pathways Hiring Event for Students and Recent Graduates
When: Monday, September 28, 2015
Where: DOT Headquarters – 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20590
Location: Oklahoma City Rooms
Time: 1:00pm till 5:00pm

So, what are our recent updates?

All students must REGISTER at:
http://www.dotpathways.eventbrite.com

Looking for DOT’s On-Site Pathways Hiring Event Jobs
Visit USA Jobs, search for “DOT Pathways Hiring Event,” Public Announcements, starting on September 23, 2015

 

INVITATION: USDOT WEBINAR-AIR CARRIER ACCESS ACT UPDATES

November 5, 2013 in Community News, Transportation

DOT

U.S. Department of Transportation 

Invites you

to a 

WEBINAR

Air Carrier Access Act

New DOT Rules to Make Flying Easier for Passengers with Disabilities 

November 14, 2013

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST

 

The U.S. Department of Transportation invites you to join us for a webinar on the new Air Carrier Access Rules on Thursday, November 14, 2013. During this webinar, we will highlight the specific aspects of two new rules; (1) airline website and kiosk accessibility; and (2) the stowage of manual wheelchairs on aircraft.  Following presentations, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions using the chat feature.

Space is limited, so please register using the following link:  https://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/resources/webconference/web_conf_learner_reg.aspx?webconfid=26916

Click here to Read More about the new ACAA Rules issued this week.

 


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DOT Announces Two New Air Carrier Access Act Rules, Issues $1.2 Million FIne

November 4, 2013 in Community News, Transportation

DOT Announces Two New Air Carrier Access Act Rules and Issues $1.2 Million Fine For Inadequate Wheelchair Assistance

From US Department of Transportation (DOT), 11/4/2013

The US Department of Transportation announced today two new rules to make flying easier for passengers with disabilities.   It also fined US Airways $1.2 million for failing to provide adequate wheelchair assistance to passengers in Philadelphia and Charlotte, N.C.

One rule requires airline websites and automated airport kiosks to be accessible to passengers with disabilities.  Under the new websites-and-kiosks rule, covered airlines are required within two years to make pages of their websites that contain core travel information and services accessible to persons with disabilities, and to make all of their web pages accessible within three years.  Also, any automated kiosks installed at U.S. airports for services — such as printing boarding passes and baggage tags –must be  accessible to passengers with disabilities until at least 25 percent of all kiosks at each airport location are  accessible.  The rule on accessible websites and kiosks is available on the Internet at www.regulations.gov, docket DOT-OST-2011-0177.  It is also available at http://www.dot.gov/airconsumer/aviation-rules.

A separate rule provides airlines with more flexibility in how they transport manual, folding wheelchairs onboard, making it possible for them to carry up to two wheelchairs in the cabin.  DOT’s wheelchair rule provides airlines with more flexibility because it permits airlines to transport passenger wheelchairs by strapping them across a row of seats using a strap kit that complies with applicable safety standards, in addition to stowing them in a closet or similar compartment.  If an airline chooses to use the seat-strapping method to stow a wheelchair, it must transport two wheelchairs in the cabin if requested unless stowing the second wheelchair would displace other passengers.    If an airline chooses to use a closet to stow a wheelchair, then it will still be required to stow only one wheelchair in the cabin.  However, in this case it must install a sign or placard prominently on the closet indicating that a wheelchair and other assistive devices are to be stowed in this area with priority over other items brought onto the aircraft by other passengers or crew, including crew luggage.  The final rule on seat-strapping of wheelchairs is available on the Internet atwww.regulations.gov, docket DOT-OST-2011-0098.  It is also available at http://www.dot.gov/airconsumer/aviation-rules.

As for the order against US Airways, in one of its periodic reviews of airline compliance with DOT rules, the Department’s Aviation Enforcement Office found that US Airways committed a significant number of violations of the requirements for wheelchair assistance during 2011 and 2012 at Philadelphia International Airport and Charlotte Douglas International Airport.   As a result, US Airways was fined $1.2 million for failing to provide adequate wheelchair assistance to passengers in Philadelphia and Charlotte, N.C.  The fine is one of the largest ever assessed by DOT in a disability case.  The order is posted on regulations.gov athttp://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=DOT-OST-2013-0004-0033.


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DOT Fines Virgin America for Failing to Make In-Flight Safety Videos Accessible

September 11, 2013 in Advocacy & Access, Community News

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DOT Fines Virgin America for Failing to Make In-Flight Safety Videos Accessible to Passengers with Hearing Impairments

          The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today fined Virgin America $150,000 for failing to make its in-flight safety video accessible to passengers with hearing impairments. The airline also was ordered to cease and desist from further violations.

“Safety is our number-one priority and that includes ensuring that every airline passenger has access to airline safety briefings,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We will continue to take enforcement action when our disability rules are violated so that all passengers are aware of critical, potentially life-saving information.”

An investigation by DOT’s Aviation Enforcement Office found that since October 2007, when the airline first began scheduled service, Virgin America used its in-flight entertainment system to present the pre-flight safety briefing but failed to ensure that the video was accompanied either by open captioning or an inset for a sign language interpreter. This violated DOT’s rule, which is part of its regulations implementing the Air Carrier Access Act, requiring video safety briefings to be accessible to passengers with hearing impairments.

Although captioning for in-flight safety videos created before Nov. 10, 2009, is not required to be in high contrast, Virgin America has agreed to add high-contrast captioning to its video by Sept. 30, 2013.

The consent order is available at www.regulations.gov, docket DOT-OST-2013-0004.

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