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Steps Taken to Ensure New Airline Security Requirements Preserve and Respect the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities

This message was e-mailed to large airlines, aviation associations, and the National Council on Disability. It concerns the aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, and provides guidance as to the status of a CPAP machine as a “carry-on” bag.

The Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) and the Department of Transportation’s implementing rules prohibit discriminatory treatment of persons with disabilities in air transportation. Since the terrorist hijackings and tragic events of September 11, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued directives to strengthen security measures at airline checkpoints and passenger screening locations.

In securing our national air transportation system, where much of FAA’s efforts have been directed to date, steps were also taken to ensure that the new security procedures preserve and respect the civil rights of passengers with disabilities.

This Fact Sheet provides information about the accessibility requirements in air travel in light of strengthened security measures by providing a few examples of the types of accommodations and services that must be provided to passengers with disabilities.

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Introduction To The “Sleep Disorder Residual Functional Capacity Questionnaire”

The following is an example of a health questionnaire that an attorney would send to a treating physician. The purpose is to gather medical information for presentation to the Social Security Administration (SSA) to support a claim for disability.

Many attorneys request a written assessment from the treating physician. If the doctor isn’t familiar with the SSA requirements (listed in SSA’s “Blue Book”), the attorney would provide a written guidelines to the physician to ensure the required information is included in the written assessment. This questionnaire would serve as that guide.

This form would be useful to a person who chooses to forego an attorney. One note of caution: doctors usually charge for providing this information/service, a charge that could exceed $300.


Please answer the following questions concerning your patient’s impairments. Attach all relevant treatment notes, laboratory and test results that have not been provided previously to the Social Security Administration.

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Working While Disabled: How The Social Security Administration Can Help

Part 1: Why We Want To Help You Return To Work

If you are receiving Social Security disability insurance benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits, but still want to work, this booklet provides information to help you treat your disability as a “bridge,” not the end of the road.

The decision to work and earn as much as you can is yours, of course. However, many people see their work as more than just extra cash. They cite the satisfaction they get from overcoming a disability through their abilities, making new friends and getting back in the mainstream. Most find that their earnings gradually increase to the point where they are better off working than not working.

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Short Course In Disability Income

by Sharon Smith

In the past, Talk About Sleep has received many questions from members on a broad range of disability issues. In our continuing commitment to provide the information you need to manage your sleep disorder(s), we are presenting a five-part series titled “Sleep Disorders and Disability”.


If you or your loved one is experiencing difficulties in carrying out job responsibilities, or has no significant source of income and cannot work as a result of a sleep disorder, don’t miss this series!

As a part of this commitment to education on disability and other insurance benefits, the disability link section is being expanded. For resources and information, visit our expanded Disability Links.

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