Paws & Effect contributes to the 25th Anniversary of the ACAA!


Paws & Effect has made a concentrated effort to promote accessibility for service dogs. Pretty neat when the Senior Trial Attorney for the US DOT catches a Paws & Effect video and wants to utilize it for an accessibility celebration in Washington DC!



Dear Ms. Shumate:

I am writing from the United States Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings (http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov/). In addition to enforcing various consumer rights laws, my office is responsible for enforcing laws and regulations related to non-discrimination in air travel on the basis of disability. The Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), passed in 1986 (before the ADA), prohibits airlines from discriminating against air travelers on the basis of disability. My office enforces the provisions of the ACAA and its implementing regulation, 14 CFR Part 382. Part 382 is a comprehensive regulatory regime ensuring access to air travel for persons with disabilities. A key part of Part 382 is the requirement that air carriers accommodate individuals who use service animals by allowing their service animals in the cabin of the aircraft.

This year the 25th anniversary of the ACAA, and the DOT is holding a celebration on November 9th. Prior the celebration, we would like to show videos related to aircraft accessibility. We found your videos on You Tube where you train animals at the Des Moines Airport (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9CwDc-VQhE&feature=related) and would like to show the videos prior to the celebration as the crowd is gathering. It will not be distributed in any other manner or offered for any type of compensation. It will only be showed several times during a 30 minute time frame while attendees are preparing for the meeting. May we use your videos?

If you or anyone from your organization would be interested in attending the celebration, the invitation is below. Please feel free to forward the email to any other person you feel may be interested in attending.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for your consideration.

Best regards,

Barbara M. Marrin

Senior Trial Attorney

United States Department of Transportation

Office of General Counsel

Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings

Office # W96-466

1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.

Washington, D.C. 20590

(202) 366-9359 (phone)

(202) 366-7152 (facsimile)