We are still reeling from the death of Hand in Hand member Engracia Figueroa— she was fierce and beautiful and she should still be here with us today.

Since we issued our statement announcing her passing, people from all over the world have expressed their outrage and fury. Tens of thousands have signed our petition* to demand that United and other airlines stop the damage and destruction of wheelchairs and assistive devices, and to end the outrageous discrimination against people with disabilities. 

Engracia Figueroa sitting in airport next to broken power chairWhile we continue to make demands of United, we know that to end this vicious cycle of destruction and harm we need policy change. 

Which is why Hand in Hand is proud to partner with Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), to demand that Congress pass the Air Carrier Access Amendments Act. Introduced by Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI), this law would give individuals the right to sue airlines, require airlines to meet defined accessibility standards of new airplane designs, as well as the removal of access barriers on existing airplanes.

We’re turning our rage and heartbreak into action. Will you join us by emailing your Representative and asking them to co-sponsor this legislation?

Everyone should have the right to fly without fearing for their safety. Right now, many people with disabilities do not have that right. The airlines, and the ableist laws that govern them, are failing our communities time and time again. We demand change.

Please send an email to Congress today to support the Air Carrier Access Amendments Act. 

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