Todd Galli: Making Planes, Trains and Ships Accessible

by Quest Staff on September 1, 2005 - 3:56pm

QUEST Vol. 12, No. 5

Who: Todd Galli, 28
Where: Carlsbad, Calif.
DX: Duchenne muscular dystrophy, diagnosed at age 4


What:

Todd Galli
Todd Galli is working to make travel more accessible.

Runs Access Air, a nonprofit organization that strives to make all forms of travel accessible for people with disabilities including airplanes, trains and cruise ships. Uses a wheelchair and ventilator, but finds ways to hike and sail and do motivational speaking. Wife, Molly, is an Access Air volunteer.

How:

Recruits volunteers to assist people with disabilities on and off airplanes, trains and ships. Working with Canada-based aircraft manufacturer Bombardier to equip existing 20- to 90-passenger regional jets with wheelchair lifts designed and built by Cadence Engineering.

Todd says:

I planned a hiking trip back in 1999 and 2000 and it took seven months of planning. We built a specialized wheelchair so I could hike in the central Sierras for about a week. At one point I was hiking down the side of a mountain, and I was thinking it would be great to have this kind of access for everybody, especially in air and train travel.

Were always looking for more volunteers and support. Were just trying to change the world one person at a time.

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