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CPL Participates in the U.S. Department of Transportation Disability Forum

November 14, 2014

1618177_975334099149516_4325393202415732819_o (530x800)On Wednesday, November 5, CPL graduate and administrative assistant Caitlin Case and her service dog Forest represented Canine Partners for Life at the U.S. Department of Transportation Disability Forum. CPL was invited to participate and was the only service dog organization in attendance.With an estimated attendance well over 100, the forum provided a great opportunity to talk with government officials, industry leaders and other organizations about issues facing travelers with disabilities. A representative from the White House was there and according to Caitlin, the atmosphere was one of respect, open dialogue and sincere interest in making transportation systems more accessible.

For instance, the airline representatives were interested to learn that though bulkhead seating is generally thought to be the most user friendly for people with disabilities, in reality it is not. For individuals with service dogs, sitting in the bulkhead row means less room for the dogs and less room to maneuver. It is far less comfortable and in general is not the preferred seating.