Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Atlantic Southeast Airlines Fined for Violating Rules Protecting Air Travelers with Disabilities

Office of the Governor Rick Perry
    Committee on People with Disabilities
DOT 84-11

Monday, July 11, 2011

Atlantic Southeast Airlines Fined for Violating Rules Protecting Air Travelers with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today assessed a civil penalty against Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) for violating rules protecting air travelers with disabilities.  The carrier was assessed a $200,000 civil penalty of which up to $75,000 may be used to improve its service to disabled passengers above levels required by DOT rules.

“Passengers with disabilities have rights and they have a right to be treated fairly and with respect by the airlines,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We will continue to take enforcement action when our disability rules are violated.”

The Air Carrier Access Act of 1986 requires airlines to provide assistance to passengers with disabilities in boarding and deplaning aircraft, including the use of wheelchairs, ramps, mechanical lifts or service personnel where needed. 

During June 2010, the Department’s Aviation Enforcement Office conducted a review and inspection at ASA’s Atlanta offices and airport operations of the carrier’s compliance with Department consumer protection requirements.  The Enforcement Office reviewed, among other things, disability-related complaints received by the carrier from January 2009 through May 2010.  That review revealed a number of violations of the rules requiring assistance to passengers with disabilities who use wheelchairs.

Of the $200,000 penalty, up to $35,000 may be used to relocate passenger lifts that have been acquired by ASA to airports that the carrier serves in order to supplement and improve enplaning and deplaning services.  Up to $40,000 may be used by the carrier to conduct audits and surveys to ensure that its employees are complying with the airline disability rules.

The consent order is available on the Internet at www.regulations.gov, docket DOT-OST-2011-0003. Link to Press Release;  http://www.dot.gov/affairs/2011/dot8411.html

Monday, July 11, 2011

Telluride Adaptive - Hiring

Job Title:                          Development and Special Events Associate
Responsible to:                Executive Director
A.       Event Management:  Manage key fundraising events throughout the year including annual Golf Tournament (September), Goin’ Cowboy at the Opera (March), and multiple smaller events as they arise.   
a.       In consultation with the ED, provide lead management role in all event logistics.
b.      Create and adhere to specific budget guidelines for each event.
c.       Working with the volunteer coordinator, recruit and manage volunteers to assist in event roles.
d.      Oversee procurement of auction items for both the Golf Tournament and Goin’ Cowboy events.  
B.      Resource Development:  Support general resource development work
a.       Maintain a proactive, creative, leadership role in the cultivation and solicitation of individual, corporate, and foundation contributors.
b.      Identify potential sources of grant monies and advise the ED for grant application preparation.
c.       Write grant proposals in conjunction with the ED as needed.
d.      Prepare regular fundraising reports.
e.      Review and update TASP information on charitable giving websites, as well as sites maintained by other agencies as appropriate; including social media sites.

C.      Outreach & Communication:  Promote TASP’s mission and business operation in the community and beyond
a.       Build and maintain media relationships
b.      Contribute to the production and delivery of the monthly e-newsletter, social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and blog
c.       In conjunction with ED and program staff, develop, monitor and execute TASP’s outreach and marketing plan
d.      Working with the ED, create and distribute all letters of thanks, and letters to the editor as appropriate
e.       Maintain donor database-Giftworks
D.      Other:
a.       Provide administrative support to program staff
b.      Back-up phone assistance
c.       Participate fully as a member of the TASP staff team
d.      Other duties as identified

·         Exhibit high level of energy, enthusiasm and initiative
·         Bachelors degree preferred
·         Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills
·         Proven ability to manage auctions and other event fundraising work
·         Ability to work a flexible schedule; evening and weekend work required
·         Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
·         Demonstrated computer proficiency: Microsoft Word, Excel, Database Entry, Constant Contact and Internet experience required
·         Poses maturity, poise and confidence, high level of personal relation skills and a comfort level when interacting with people from diverse backgrounds 
·         A valid Driver’s License; must verify own auto insurance

Salary Range:  DOE
Status:  Full time, ¾ year round with possibility of full time, year round.  
To Apply:  Please forward resume, three professional references, and a writing sample to director@tellurideadaptivesports.org by Friday, July 22nd.  

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Skateboard Park-No Barriers

Mark Deschamp gets a lesson in the park on the last day of NB2011!
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Saturday, July 02, 2011

Ragin the Downhill@No Barriers

Funnest activity here yet! Thanks Adaptive Sports Center and Chris Read, we have GOT to get down to the Butte sometime soon!!
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Road handcycling@No Barriers

Handcycling this morning, hitting the mountain this afternoon...
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Friday, July 01, 2011

No Barriers 2011

Reactive Adaptations' suspensions are saaweeeeet
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