Disability Gas Coalition Established to Improve Pump Access
United Spinal Association and Paralyzed Veterans of America have teamed up to create the Disability Gas Coalition aimed at restoring fueling assistance for people with disabilities.
The Disability Gas Coalition, a national and state level disability rights organization, has proposed the following changes:
- A well-identified pump designated for drivers with disabilities
- Clear signage at the pump posting hours when there is more than one employee on duty
- An oversized touch pad easily reached from the driver's seat to ask for assistance
- A nationally accessible database showing where and when these services are available.
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires refueling assistance at the pumps when there is more than one employee on duty. However, the coalition says that these services remain elusive.
"For many drivers with disabilities traveling away from home, when it comes time to refuel, they are not sure what they will encounter––whether they will find a station with attendants that will assist them or whether they will have to drive around on fumes in frustration," said Paul J. Tobin, president and CEO of United Spinal Association.
To help spread the word on the lack of gas station access, the coalition is asking people with disabilities to enlist state or national organizations to join Disability Gas Coalition. Individuals are also invited to tweet gas station accessibility issues to @disabilitygasco and share photos of ineffective signage or videos that document the struggle to get gas on Facebook. Find out more here.