Universal Design and Standards


Project Intent: Create new American National Standard

Draft RESNA Standard for Assistive Technology for Air Travel – Volume 1: Requirements and Test Methods Related to Mobility Devices (RESNA AT-1)

Project Need:

Assistive technologies that have to be stored in the baggage areas on board aircraft are often damaged by the time they are returned to the passenger at their destination. Content for a standardized information card and checklist, labeling, handling procedures, and training are needed to improve the process for the storage and handling of mobility technologies that are required for passengers who are not ambulatory. Design guidelines are needed to encourage manufacturers to manufacture and to educate assistive technology providers, suppliers, seating and mobility specialists, and passengers about selecting mobility devices that have features specific for air travel. The features would make the mobility devices easier to handle during air travel and reduce the likelihood of damage. 

Identify Stakeholders:

Airline carriers, Airline manufacturers, Wheelchair manufacturers, Passenger and boarding service providers and airline employees, Health Insurance providers and payers, Disability related consumer advocacy organizations, Government agencies, Wheelchair repair companies, Rehabilitation programs, and air travelers with functional impairments and caregivers

Scope summary

For efficient and safe handling and storage of many types of assistive technologies (AT) for passengers with mobility impairments (PWMI) on aircraft, the following will be created: a checklist of the dimensional, performance and instructional information to be physically and/or electronically associated with the AT; procedures and training for the handling of AT; labeling and design specifications for AT suitable for transport in commercial aircraft. Create and disseminate information for PWMI.


RESNA Assistive Technology Committees are open to anyone that is interested in participating. Each committee is required to have balanced participation by stakeholders. We are actively reaching out to individuals who may be interested in joining this committee. If you or someone you know may be interested in the RESNA Standards Committee for Assistive Technology for Air Travel (ATAT), please download the application at http://www.resna.org/assistive-technology-air-travel-atat  and/or contact Peter Axelson, RESNA ATAT Chair, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  



Beneficial Designs, Inc. is actively participating in many different avenues in creating standards to help improve the lives of people with all abilities. 

Here are some links to the projects we are working on:

Adaptive Sports Equipment Standards

RESNA Standards Committee on Inclusive Fitness

RESNA Assistive Technology Standards

ANSI B-77 Aerial Tramway Standards

Development of Uniform Standards for Cognitive Technologies