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ADA- PARC Survey: Transportation Access and Experiences

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Participation Action Research Consortium (ADA-PARC) extends an invitation to participate in a national survey designed to improve understanding of accessibility of public transportation for people with disabilities. This survey is being conducted by the ADA-PARC, a collaborative research project of seven ADA Regional Center. This project focuses on community living, community participation and work/economic participation disparities of people with disabilities (For more information, visit the website: www.adaparc.org ). ADA-PARC would like to improve its understanding on transportation access of people with disabilities and use this information to make improvements at regional and national levels. ADA-PARC is very interested in receiving as many responses as possible from people with disabilities based on their personal experiences with public transportation. Please feel free to share the survey with potentially interested entities. The results will serve as crucial evidence to support improvements to accessible transportation. To access the survey, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://unco.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_00wcGeTOzGL2lQ9

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10/26/15 11:12AM

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DOT: Accessible Transit Services for All

US Department of Transportation Federal Transit Authority This U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) report provides a fresh look at paratransit and how agencies can improve service effectiveness and cost efficiency. Issued in December 2014, the report presents successful strategies for providing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant paratransit. It features an assessment of ADA paratransit service design models, as well as an in-depth analysis of procurement and contracting practices, the report also identifies operational practices that can enhance service quality and cost efficiency, and successful examples of alternative, inclusive service designs that can provide improved transportation for all riders. To access the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.fta.dot.gov/documents/FTA_Report_No._0081.pdf

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10/20/15 11:53AM

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Webinar: Federal Facilities and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standards - A Refresher

This webinar will be held on August 6, 2015 from 2:30 – 4:00 PM Eastern Time and is hosted by the United States Access Board. This webinar, part of the U.S. Access Board’s free monthly series will provide a refresher on standards issued under the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). The ABA Accessibility Standards apply to facilities designed, built, altered, or leased with certain federal funds. The ABA covers federal buildings, including post offices, social security offices, and federal courthouses, as well as non-federal facilities, such as public housing units and mass transit systems that receive federal funding. The Access Board enforces the ABA Standards through the investigation of complaints. Presenters will provide an overview of the ABA standards and the Board's enforcement process, including an update on the status of compliance over the past five years. The session also will review differences between the ABA Standards and the ADA Standards which apply to facilities in the private sector and the state and local government sector without regard to federal funding. Presenters: -- Jim Pecht, Accessibility Specialist/Librarian US Access Board -- Jeffery Hill, Compliance Specialist Office of Compliance and Enforcement To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.accessibilityonline.org/RegistrationInformation/

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07/24/15 02:28PM

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NPR: Why Disability And Poverty Still Go Hand In Hand 25 Years After Landmark Law

This National Public Radio (NPR) article/blog highlights the personal aspects of disability, employment and economic well-being that still require attention 25 years following the passage of the ADA. It profiles the experience of 27-year-old Emeka Nnaka of Tulsa, Oklahoma who a semi-pro football player who was injured during a game and challenges he faces in reaching his goals. If you have a disability in the U.S., you're twice as likely to be poor as someone without a disability. You're also far more likely to be unemployed. And that gap has widened in the 25 years since the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted. The employment rate for working age people with disabilities is 14.4% compared to 71.2% for those without a disability and the poverty rate is 32.1% compared to 13% for those without a disability. Median household income is $30,600 compared to $58,400 for those without a disability. To view the full article and responses, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/07/23/424990474/why-disability-and-poverty-still-go-hand-in-hand-25-years-after-landmark-law

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07/24/15 11:29AM

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NCD: Transportation Update - Where We've Gone and What We've Learned

National Council on Disability Releases Transportation Access and Policy Report at Quarterly Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA On Monday, May 4,2015, the National Council on Disability (NCD), released a comprehensive assessment on surface transportation for people with disabilities. Their report outlines both the progress made in the last decade and details the persistent barriers that remain. “Much has happened in the last decade. More people with disabilities are riding public transit than ever before and yet, in many areas, significant barriers to ground transportation for Americans with disabilities remain pervasive,” said NCD Chair, Jeff Rosen. “For Americans with Disabilities many transportation services remain stuck in neutral. For many Americans with Disabilities the prospects and possibilities for going to and from work, school and recreational activities are stuck in neutral. NCD’s report addresses the broad range of surface transportation, including these, and makes recommendations policymakers should use to address these barriers promptly.” To obtain more information on this report and for access to the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.ncd.gov/publications/2015/05042015/

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05/12/15 03:16PM

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United We Ride - Improving Access to Transportation Services for People with Disabilities

United We Ride is an initiative of the federal government’s Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility, charged with advancing the Council’s mission of improving the availability, quality, and efficient delivery of transportation services to people with disabilities, older adults and people with low incomes. United We Ride works to coordinate the more than eighty sources of federal funding to support transportation. Their efforts are furthered through a variety of partnership activities including: -- Special Initiatives supporting enhanced mobility for person-centered groups. --Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative that is currently working around the country to link veterans, their families and others to transportation resources with One-Click, or One-Call. -- Technical Assistance Centers that create solutions around mobility management, address barriers for specific rider groups, and promote state-level action. -- National Center for Mobility Management that includes Easter Seals Project ACTION, National Center on Senior Transportation, National Conference of State Legislatures -- Inter-Agency Work Groups that foster collaboration at the federal level -- Collaborative projects between CCAM partners agencies, such as Transit Planning for All demonstration grants to promote inclusive planning processes. To learn more about United We Ride, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.unitedweride.gov/

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11/21/14 04:44PM

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Department of Transportation Resources for People with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) accessibility website includes laws, regulations, and other resources on a number of different transportation issues that impact local, national, and international transit of people with disabilities. This includes requirements and guidance pertaining to air travel for people who use wheelchairs or scooters; resources for adaptive equipment to make vehicles accessible; mass transit requirements for people who are blind or have low-vision; resources for low-income procurement of vehicles; and other information. To view the DOT website, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.dot.gov/accessibility

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11/20/14 09:43AM

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DOT Proposed Changes to Meet ADA Requirements

On November 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published a Federal Register Notice regarding proposed additions and revisions to their Circulars for transportation providers to assist them in meeting requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). DOT is proposing the following seven new circular chapters: Chapter 3 - Transportation Facilities; Chapter 6 - Fixed Route Service; Chapter 7 - Demand Responsive Service; Chapter 9 - ADA Paratransit Eligibility; Chapter 10 - Passenger Vessels; Chapter 11 - Other Modes; and Chapter 12 - Oversight, Complaints, and Monitoring. Comments on change are due by January 12, 2015. To view the Federal Register Notice, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-12/pdf/2014-26665.pdf

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11/13/14 11:54AM

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National Center for Mobility Management - Transportation Assistance for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

The National Center for Mobility Management is an initiative of the United We Ride program, and is supported through a cooperative agreement with the Federal Transit Administration in partnership with the Community Transportation Association of American, the American Public Transportation Association, the Community Transportation Association of America, and Easter Seals Transportation Group— and Easter Seals. The mission of the Center is to facilitate communities to adopt transportation strategies and mobility options that empower people to live independently, and advance health, economic vitality, self-sufficiency, and community. Among other primary activities, CMM provide assistance to communities through NCMM Regional Liaisons, a peer-to-peer network, short-term technical assistance, web resources, and one-on-one phone and e-mail support to individuals. To learn more about the http://nationalcenterformobilitymanagement.org/about-us/#sthash.svADNTTv.dpuf

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11/11/14 04:50PM

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Transit Industry Career Site Launched: Check Out Employment Options in the Transit Industry

The public transportation industry is one of many industries that is facing a huge number of retirements in the next 10 years. To assist recruiting new workers to this industry, Rutgers University’s John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development and Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, have partnered on the Transit Virtual Career Network online job portal. Visitors to the site can explore more than 50 different front-line transit-related occupations, learn what it takes to prepare for these jobs, identify local educational and training programs and tap into current job listings. Many don’t require a college education, but all require a high school degree. Users can set up a customized career management account that will allow them to save occupational preferences and other information. They also can find sources of financial aid and to develop requests for academic credit based on previous experience, such as military. The Heldrich Center also recently partnered on two other aspects of the Virtual Career Network: Health Care and Green Economy. To access this on-line transit industry career site, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.vcn.org/transit/

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11/07/14 08:51AM

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Disability and Employment CoP November Theme - Transportation Challenges and Resources for Successful Employment

The Workforce3One Disability and Employment CoP Theme for November is on employment transportation options for job seekers with disabilities. It is generally recognized that transportation is one of the primary issues for people trying to attend training, job interviews, and obtaining/retaining employment. It is a particular challenge for individuals with disabilities with accessible vehicles and driving licensure not available for many of these individuals. Additionally, public transportation is often unavailable or unreliable. People with disabilities living in rural areas and seeking employment are particularly impacted by transportation problems. Workforce professionals often note that transportation barriers are one of their greatest challenges for many of their customers, including people with disabilities. An important partner to address these challenges is the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) which has done considerable work to address the workforce transportation challenges. It established their JobLinks Employment Transportation for Workforce Professionals website that includes resources and assistance to link job seekers to education and employment with helpful information on transportation relative to people with disabilities. To learn more about valuable resources to facilitate linking job seekers with employment, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://web1.ctaa.org/webmodules/webarticles/anmviewer.asp?a=2634&z=103

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11/04/14 02:15PM

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NCD Releases Report on Effective Communication for People with Disabilities Before, During, and After Emergencies Evaluated

National Council on Disability released their new report on “Effective Communication for People with Disabilities Before, During, and After Emergencies Evaluated” on May 27. The report examines successful practices and barriers to effective emergency communications for people with disabilities. The report examines the current state of affairs concerning the accessibility of emergency-related communications; reviews the enforcement of disability laws and regulations as they pertain to effective communications before, during, and after emergencies. Information on the experiences and perceptions of people with disabilities as they relate to emergency-related communications is also provided. Based on the findings of the report, NCD has put forth a series of recommendations for policy makers, federal partners, and emergency managers. To view a synopsis of the report and access a PDF version of the full report, please go to: http://www.ncd.gov/publications/2014/05272014/

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06/02/14 01:53PM

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Webinar: LLC Presents Mobility Management by National Association of Area Agencies on Aging's Livable Communities Collaborative

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging's (n4a) Livable Communities Collaborative (LCC) will present a Mobility Management webinar on March 24 from 2:30-3:30 pm ET. Several communities participating in the LCC are focused on mobility as a critical issue for improving older adults' access to their communities and resources. This webinar will review the who, what, and how of Mobility Management; examine methods for disseminating information and education on mobility options; and address volunteerism for improved mobility among older adults. Virginia Dize, co-director, NCST, will present and answer questions. To register for this webinar, please go to: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/729082535

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03/20/14 01:41PM

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Federal Transit Administration Proposed Guidance on the ADA

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has placed in the docket and on its Web site proposed guidance in the form of four additional circular chapters to help transportation providers meet the requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. These proposed chapters include Chapter 1 (Introduction and Applicability), Chapter 2 (General Requirements), Chapter 5 (Equivalent Facilitation), and Chapter 8 (Complementary Paratransit Service). Along with the proposed chapter on vehicle acquisition published on October 2, 2012, these chapters are part of a series of approximately 12 chapters that will compose a complete ADA circular. By this notice, FTA invites public comment on these four additional proposed circular chapters, as well as suggestions for specific issues to address in future chapters. Comments must be submitted by April 21, 2014. To view the Federal Register notification, please go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-10-02/pdf/2012-24185.pdf

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02/19/14 09:54AM

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Commission on Election Administration Issues Recommendations That Include Improved Access for Voters with Disabilities

The Commission on Election Administration is a bi-partisan commission established by President Obabms. The bi-partisan commission issed a report of their findings and recommendations to improve the voting process and streamline the voter experience after the 2012 election was plagued by long lines and other difficulties. Among other recommendations, the panel is urging election officials nationwide to pay greater attention to people with disabilities and other groups that are often disproportionately impacted by problems at the polls. Many enhancements — like widespread use of online voter registration — would be particularly advantageous to those with disabilities, the commission said. Checklists for each polling place should be used during every election cycle to ensure full accessibility and the panel is recommending that routine audits be conducted to verify compliance. Poll workers also need to be fully trained on how to interact with voters who have special needs and how to assist them with equipment. A PDF version of the full report is available at: https://www.supportthevoter.gov/files/2014/01/Amer-Voting-Exper-final-draft-01-09-14-508.pdf

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01/27/14 10:58AM

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Strengthening Inclusive Coordinated Transportation Partnerships to Promote Community Living

The Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Community Living is sponsoring this project to demonstrate the value that inclusive processes can bring to transportation efforts. As part of the project, the Community Transportation Association of America, in partnership with Easter Seals, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and Westat, is developing, testing and demonstrating ways to empower people with disabilities and older adults to be actively involved in designing and implementing coordinated transportation systems. Our goal is to support communities nationwide in adopting sustainable, scalable, and replicable models that include participation of people with disabilities and older adults in the design and implementation of responsive, coordinated transportation systems. A Webinar: Inclusive Planning and Design in Mobility Management is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2014, 2 p.m. ET. The webinar will showcase mobility management practitioners who have creatively and persistently afforded people with disabilities, seniors, veterans, and others the opportunity to be involved in transportation planning. This is a joint webinar by the National Center for Mobility Management and the Strengthening Inclusive Coordinated Transportation Partnerships Project. Registration is available at: https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1647653-SWZac6Gwyj

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01/22/14 01:17PM

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Transportation Resources for Veterans

The National Resource Center for Human Service Transportation Coordination makes available through its website numerous resources for veterans and their families. This includes reports and contact information such as "Improving Mobility for Veterans" by the Transit Cooperative Research Program and "Financing the Operation of One-Call/One-Click Centers." For more information on these resources, go to: http://web1.ctaa.org/webmodules/webarticles/anmviewer.asp?a=2693&z=62 Additional transportation related resources are available at: http://web1.ctaa.org/webmodules/webarticles/anmviewer.asp?a=73&z=78

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01/08/14 01:55PM

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GAO Report # GAO-14-154T, "Transportation Disadvantaged Populations

In 2012, GAO reported that 80 Federal programs in eight different agencies fund a variety of transportation services for transportation-disadvantaged populations, including persons who are older and persons with disabilities. Within the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is a key source of Federal transportation funding for disadvanted populations. Total Federal spending on transportation services for the transportation disadvantaged remains unknown because Federal departments did not separately track spending for roughly two-thirds of the programs identified in 2012. While some transportation planning and service coordination efforts are under way at the Federal, state and local levels, GAO previously identified continuing challenges such as insufficient leadership at the Federal level, limited financial resources, and growing unmet needs at the state and local level. For example, in 2012 GAO reported that insufficient Federal leadership and guidance about how to coordinate transportation services for the transportation disadvantaged and navigate various Federal program requirements might hinder the coordination of transportation services among state and local providers. Several state and local officials expressed concern about their ability to adequately address expected growth in elderly, disabled, low-income, and rural populations. GAO is not making any new recommendations. In 2012, GAO recommended that the Secretary of Transportation, as the chair of the Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility, along with its member agencies, should (1) complete and publish a strategic plan that would outline agency roles and responsibilities and articulate a strategy to help strengthen interagency collaboration and communication, and (2) report on the progress of Coordinating Council recommendations and develop a plan to address any outstanding recommendations. DOT has begun implementing these recommendations.

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11/06/13 04:49PM

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