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"Nine-year-old Fights For Accessibility Rights"
August 20, 2004
COPPELL, TEXAS--The following four paragraphs are excerpts from an Associated Press story published August 14:
Rasha Kawar zoomed in from summer school with her pigtails bouncing. She wore a brightly colored outfit and carried a jelly purse adorned with a rhinestone letter "R."
She suffers from cerebral palsy and depends on an electric wheelchair to get around, but she's determined to live like any other 9-year-old girl and travel like one.
Rasha began a crusade to make airplane restrooms bigger after she had a hard time negotiating one in her wheelchair while flying home last summer after visiting her grandparents in Israel.
She started an online petition asking Congress to pass a law that would require all new airplanes to have at least one wheelchair-accessible restroom. The petition is up to almost 5,000 signatures, and lawmakers in Washington and organizations that help the disabled are taking notice.
"Nine-year-old fights for accessibility rights" (Associated Press via Denton Record-Chronicle)
"Rashas Petition : Accessible Restrooms on Airplanes"
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