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Legislation has improved travel conditions in the United States for people with disabilities.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Air Carrier Access Act each mandate equal access to air travel for individuals with disabilities. These laws require access to all airline physical facilities (e.g., the airplane, airport, restrooms) and communications (e.g., safety briefings, menus, and flight schedules). The ADA also applies to travel by bus, train, and boat. Some of the ways these transportation services have been made accessible include the availability of lifts, ramps, or boarding assistance for people with mobility impairments; calling out bus stops to help individuals with visual impairments stay oriented and disembark; and providing TTY/TDD devices in reservation or customer service offices for individuals who are deaf.

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