Access to certain aviation careers has traditionally been limited for people with disabilities. Although the Americans with Disability (ADA) Act of 1990 mandated that disabled applicants be given equal consideration for jobs for which they can perform the essential job functions, stereotypes and lack of knowledge about career opportunities may prevent qualified disabled people from apply in the first place. In order to remove perceived barriers to participation and to increase the visibility of opportunities for both life success and employment within the aviation industry for people with disabilities, the Purdue University Aviation Technology department has begun to participate in the Able Flight program. Able Flight offers a select number of applicants with significant physical impairments each year scholarship funds toward aviation-related training. This longitudinal study will survey former Able Flight participants to estimate the effect that training has had on their career aspirations, either in aviation or other industries.
& Wulle, B.
(2013). Able Flight: Increasing Aviation Opportunities for People with Disabilities. 17th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 465-470.