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Disabled Evansville man taking his accessible airplane petition to Washington

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A disabled Evansville man is fighting for better access to air travel for those confined to wheelchairs. He'll soon take his campaign to Washington. 

Ben Trockman was mostly paralyzed in a motocross accident in 2006. Today, his role as national representative for Easter Seals, is taking him to cities across the country.

But because no airlines are equipped to handle his motorized wheelchair, his trips that could take hours, are taking days on the road.

"I'm a person with passion. I want to do things and get out and see the world," Trockman said.

When Trockman travels to Washington next week, this is how he'll do it.

"Ever since I was named national representative in 2012, we've had to do a lot of traveling as a family, a lot of driving," Trockman said.    

His wheelchair locks into an E-Z lock system attached to the van floor, and Trockman believes a similar idea could work on airplanes.

"I can get into my car within 15 seconds and to me, there's no reason that airlines can't be as accessible as vehicles," Trockman said.

That's why Trockman will be taking his accessible airplane petition and it's 933 signatures and counting to Washington. He's meeting with lawmakers and the Department of Transportation. 

"There are a lot of barriers in this world. Really it takes time and effort and a lot of thought to change things and improve things. I look forward to that battle. It may take some time, but I want to see it through," Trockman shared.

Trockman said he doesn't look back at his injury, only forward. He hopes he can help change the lives of others and the families around them.      

"People with disabilities don't give up, they just see a different future," Trockman said. "I look back at my petition and I see all these people that are supporting me. I can't let, I have my head on this task."  

Trockman said that other concerns include pressure sores and damage to wheelchairs being stowed.

In March, both the Indiana House and Senate passed a non-binding resolution in support of his mission.

You can read more on Trockman's petition here. Click here to head to Trockman's blog.

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