Happy 31st Anniversary, ADA!
On July 26, the United States celebrates 31 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) being a federal law. The comprehensive civil rights law prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places open to the general public.
Miami International Airport is commemorating the ADA’s anniversary by raising awareness about our MyMIAccess programs, which offer passengers with disabilities a dedicated platform for accessing services, amenities and information when traveling through MIA. Those programs include:
Aira is a service that connects passengers who are blind or have low vision to a highly trained, remotely located agent. Using the Aira mobile app available on iOS and Android smartphones the Aira agent can help the user navigate the airport and describe what is in the passenger’s field of vision, including identifying luggage and reading flight information monitors. By joining the Aira airport network, MIA will provide the Aira vision assistance service free of charge while at the airport.
Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Lanyards
MIA is one of 13 airports in the U.S. and 60 worldwide providing sunflower lanyards free of charge to travelers with hidden disabilities. The lanyards act as a discreet indicator to airport employees that those passengers may need some extra time during the travel process. Instructions about how to receive a lanyard are available at the MyMIAccess web page.
The Multi-Sensory Rooms are dedicated spaces where passengers with cognitive and developmental disabilities such as autism can enjoy a calm and stimulating environment while they travel through MIA. The room includes sensory aids that stimulate reaction, encourage communication, and reduce agitation and anxiety sometimes caused by the hustle and bustle of airport travel. The rooms are located post-security in Concourse D just beyond TSA checkpoint 4 and post-security in the Concourse H-J connector, seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Service Animal Relief Areas
The relief stations are enclosed units that include synthetic grass, a fire hydrant, disposable bags, and sinks. Indoor relief areas are located post-security in concourses D, F G and J, and outdoor areas are available on the arrival level at concourses D, E and J. Click for location map.
Wheelchair Charging Stations
In May 2021, MIA became the first airport in the U.S. to install wheelchair charging stations airport-wide. The charging stations offer people with electric mobility devices the opportunity to enjoy travel without the stress of low batteries. The 10 wheelchair charging stations connect to the charging power on electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters, giving passengers the ability to recharge while waiting for their flight. The stations are located inside concourses D, E, F, G, H and J, and pre-security in the Concourse D and H international greeter lobbies. Click for location map.
To learn more about all our MyMIAccess services, visit our web page.
Happy Anniversary, ADA!