Omar is not an establishment candidate, and while he is a consensus maker, he will not back down from a fight. He was hunted down, tortured, and nearly killed for speaking out against injustice. Still, he stood strong. His experience, values and track-record should leave no doubt in the mind of any Rhode Islander that when it comes to protecting the rights of, and serving, the residents of the Ocean State there will be no fiercer advocate.
DEFEND AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES
ACCESS FOR ALL
It has been 32 years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, yet equality for people with disabilities has not been achieved in many areas of our society. One of the most egregious areas is air travel. It has been 43 years since the US Department of Transportation last updated its policies for the “Air Transportation of Handicapped persons” (Advisory Circular: 120-31). Due largely to this lack of guidance, most airliners have neither personnel who are trained to safely evacuate people with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities, nor the equipment onboard to facilitate safe travel and evacuation. In fact, individuals who use a wheelchair are unable to sit in that wheelchair during a flight, creating risks and discomfort, and far too often airlines carelessly damage expensive equipment which is so vital for helping individuals with disabilities to live independently. Omar will work with disability advocates, and colleagues of both parties, to address this injustice and others like it that have no place in a modern society.