Information request: Have individuals with mental health disabilities been required to travel with safety attendants?
The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario (CMHA Ontario) is participating in consultations led by the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA), the federal body responsible for removing undue obstacles to the mobility of people with disabilities in federally-regulated transportation (air, rail, and marine; also extra-provincial bus for some accessibility matters). The consultations stem from a recent situation in which an individual with a disability was required to travel with a safety attendant.
We are seeking information from mental health stakeholders to inform our written submission. Please contact us if you are aware of:
- Individuals with a mental health disability who have been advised by a transportation provider that they must travel with a safety attendant, when the individual did not feel it was necessary and did not want to;
- Other mental health-related accessibility issues related to federally-regulated transportation (rail, air, marine and extra-provincial bus).
For more information, please contact Sheela Subramanian, Planning and Policy Analyst at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-875-6213 extension 4157.
To learn more about the CTA’s work on accessible transportation, please visit their website at www.cta-otc.gc.ca.