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    Cruise ship ADA standard hearings

    This was just posted on the Federal Register yesterday:

    http://www.access-board.gov/pvaac/hearing-notice.htm

    There will be public hearings in LA (June 24) and Washington DC (June 25) on this. We need to get people there, and prepared to testify. Please share this information with others who may be able to help in this effort.

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

    #2
    Actually it was announced about a month ago.

    http://emerginghorizons.com/blog/200...-hearings.html

    Candy
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    [This message was edited by candy on 05-28-05 at 12:41 AM.]
    Candy Harrington
    Editor, Emerging Horizons
    The Only Accessible Travel Magazine
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      #3
      Yes, it was, but it was only posted on the Federal Register (as I said above) on 5/26.

      (KLD)
      The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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        #4
        yes, but I posted it to my blog, when it became public -- when I got the press release a month ago.

        Candy

        Candy Harrington
        Editor, Emerging Horizons
        The Only Accessible Travel Magazione
        www.EmergingHorizons.com
        Read my blog - www.BarrierFreeTravels.com
        Candy Harrington
        Editor, Emerging Horizons
        The Only Accessible Travel Magazine
        www.EmergingHorizons.com
        Read my blog - www.BarrierFreeTravels.com

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          #5
          Candy,

          What's your point? That you posted the info first? Big deal. It seems that your sole purpose for posting in this thread is to argue. I don't understand that. I don't read your blog or your magazine, so I appreciate KLD's post here. I find your tone to be extremely condescending. Hooray for you -- you beat KLD to the punch.

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            #6
            These hearings are this week. You can still send in e-mail testimony through late July. Have you done that yet?

            (KLD)
            The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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              #7
              KLD, any specific docket number or email the testimony to the address in the register?
              Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

              Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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                #8
                I sent my comments to the e-mail address noted on the link above:

                pvag@access-board.gov

                They sent a return e-mail about a week later that they had received my input.

                (KLD)
                The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                  #9
                  Court Expands Scope of Disabilities Law - Cruise Ships Must be Wheelchair Accessible
                  By HOPE YEN, Associated Press Writer

                  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that foreign cruise lines sailing in U.S. waters must provide better access for passengers in wheelchairs, expanding the scope of a landmark federal disabilities law.

                  The narrow 5-4 decision is a victory for disabled rights advocates, who said inadequate ship facilities inhibited their right to "participate fully in society."


                  Congress intended the 1990 Americans With Disabilities Act to apply to cruise lines, justices said.


                  "The statute is applicable to foreign ships in the United States waters to the same extent that it is applicable to American ships in those waters," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority. He was joined by Justices John Paul Stevens, David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer.


                  Still, the ruling is unclear how much the $2.5 billion foreign cruise industry, two-thirds of whose passengers are Americans, will actually have to reconfigure pools, restaurants and emergency equipment for wheelchair accessibility, an upgrade that could cost the industry millions.


                  That's because Kennedy also writes that cruise lines need not comply with the ADA to the extent it creates too much international discord or disruption of internal affairs, under a provision of the statute that calls only for "readily achievable'' modifications.


                  Three disabled passengers, who boarded Norwegian Cruise Line in Houston in 1998 and 1999, say they paid premiums for handicapped-accessible cabins and the assistance of crew but the cruise line failed to configure restaurants, elevators and other facilities in violation of the ADA.


                  Norwegian Cruise Line countered that only an explicit statement of Congress can justify imposing the U.S. law on a ship that sails under a foreign flag, even if it is docked at a U.S. port. The federal law is silent as to whether foreign cruise lines are covered by the ADA.
                  BeeBee

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                    #10
                    The hearings and written testimony are for developing standards for cruise ships. They don't exist yet, so cannot be enforced even with this court decision. Once the standards are completed, then it will be easier to get enforcement. Now is your chance to have input...don't miss the deadline.

                    (KLD)
                    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                      #11
                      Thanks for the heads-up KLD, just sent mine.

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                        #12
                        Just posted:

                        To Whom It Concerns:

                        Web Site - The Access Board is moving to make available on our web site the docket comments received concerning our vessel access material (http://www.access-board.gov/pvaac/index.htm ). We expect sometime next week that the comments will be available at the above web address (look for the "Public Comments" link under "Related Information"). As some comments are not yet in electronic format (did not arrive via email and the scanning is not done), the web site will not contain everything received to date. Also, we have not yet received the transcript from the June 24th public hearing held in California, however, the transcript for the January 10th hearing held in Washington, DC, will be made available on the web with the other comments. Ultimately, our goal is to have all docket comments available on our site.

                        Comment Deadline - To be placed in the docket, comments on the vessel access material must be received by July 28, 2005 (originally, it was March 28, 2005).

                        Address for Comments - Comments should be sent to the Office of Technical and Information Services, Attn: Draft PVAG, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, 1331 F Street NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20004-1111. Comments may also be sent by email to pvag@access-board.gov. Comments sent by email will be considered (i.e., placed in the docket) only if they contain the full name and address of the sender in the text.

                        Public Hearing - On July 25, 2005, the Board will hold a public hearing on the material at the Marriott at Metro Center Hotel, 775 12th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005, from 10 am to noon. Attendees are NOT required to register to attend, but NEED to register if they desire to testify. (Note, I will be out of the office 7/15 to 7/21 but will return voice mail messages which pertain to the public hearing.)

                        Paul Beatty

                        Phone 202-272-0012
                        Fax 202-272-0081
                        TTY 202-272-0082


                        (KLD)
                        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                          #13
                          The comments received by mail or e-mail have been posted (a pitiful few in number from PWD!!!) and the testimony will be posted here soon:

                          http://www.access-board.gov/pvaac/comments/index.htm

                          (KLD)
                          The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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