Evansville man making progress in quest for better accessibility - 14 News, WFIE, Evansville, Henderson, Owensboro

Evansville man making progress in quest for better accessibility on airplanes

Posted: Updated:
Ben Trockman spoke at Evansville Rotary on Tuesday. Ben Trockman spoke at Evansville Rotary on Tuesday.

An Evansville man wants to create better accessibility for disabled individuals on airlines, and on Tuesday he took his mission to members of the Evansville Rotary Club. 

Ben Trockman suffered a spinal cord injury back in 2006 which left him paralyzed from the neck down. He travels in a custom wheelchair, but accessibility for his disability quickly became a problem he knew he could solve. 

Earlier this year, Trockman met with state legislatures in Washington, D.C. to discuss the issue. A petition he started received 5,000 signatures, an incredible amount of support for making airplane seats more accommodating for wheelchairs like his.

He says the meetings open the doors and started dialogues with leaders that can help make the change for all disabled individuals

"Just because you have a disability, does not mean that you can't accomplish great things or goals or anything. I would say to a young person with a disability- never stop, never give up, and always keep looking forward," Trockman said.

Trockman says he doesn't care if his proposal to the airlines takes 10 years to achieve, he's passionate and won't be giving up.

To learn more about his proposal, click here to head to Trockman's blog.

Copyright 2013 WFIE. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow