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October 12, 2015

The Survey of Riders with Disabilities on the Accessibility of Public Transportation is designed to improve understanding of the accessibility of public transportation for people with disabilities, and to gather evidence to support improvements. We want to hear about the experiences of riders with disabilities in using public surface or subway transportation, such as fixed route bus systems, ADA complementary paratransit, rapid rail (subway-type), light rail (streetcar-type), or other public transportation options.

The online survey is available in either English or Spanish (look for the drop-down box in the upper right hand corner to select Spanish).

Alternatively, the survey may be completed by phone, in either English or Spanish. To complete the survey by phone in English, please contact the research team at 312-996-9655. To complete the survey by phone in Spanish, please contact Ancel Montenelli at 312-413-1439. Please mention that you are calling about the ADA transportation survey.

The study is being conducted by the ADA Participatory Action Research Consortium (ADA-PARC), a collaborative research project of seven ADA Regional Centers, including our own Mid-Atlantic Center.

April 17, 2018
“Gang-Raped and Left Without a Voice: Living with Disability in India”

This article reports on challenges faced by women and girls with disabilities who experience sexual assault in India.

April 17, 2018
“Pets on a Plane: Airlines Turn to Government for Help in Taming Rise of Emotional Support Animals”

This article reports on the ongoing challenges and conflicts arising from the dramatic increase in the number of animals flying in airline cabins.

April 17, 2018
“Short Staffing Leads to Long Waits for Social Security Disability Hearing Decisions”

This article reports on the continuing backlog of applications for disability-related Social Security benefits, and growing concern among members of Congress.

“Spending Bill Addresses Crushing Backlog of Federal Disability Claims”

This article reports on the recently passed federal budget, which provides a funding increase for the Social Security Administration. Some of the increase is intended to help the agency address its backlog of applications for disability-based benefits.

April 17, 2018
Let's Jump In: Swimming Pools and Spas

April 24, 2018
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Disability and Health Insurance Online Self-Paced Tutorials

The Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) has developed two courses, “Medicare 101,” which outlines the Medicare system, and “Disability and Health Insurance,” which provides a basic understanding of the U.S. health insurance market. These courses are free, but registration is required.

April 17, 2018
Presidential Proclamation: World Autism Awareness Day

Read the presidential proclamation recognizing April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day, and encouraging “all Americans to learn more about autism, and find ways to support people with autism and their families and caregivers.”

“‘Sesame Street’ Theme Park Upgrades for Autistic Kids, Adds Quiet Rooms and Parent Help”

The Sesame Street theme park in Langhorne, Pennsylvania is the first to receive a certification for autism sensitivity and awareness training.

“What Does It Mean To Be a Doctor with a Disability?”

This article explores experiences, progress, and remaining challenges for individuals who want to become doctors and other health care professionals.

April 17, 2018
TBI Survivors Share Their Journeys Back to Work

This article includes personal stories from survivors of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), as well as resources for individuals and employers.

A Purpose in Life: Why Employment First Matters to Self-Advocates

Research indicates that the numbers of people with disabilities working in sheltered workshops are decreasing, but the numbers working in integrated, community settings are not increasing. This report, developed with self-advocates, discusses why and how “we can do better.”

“Civil Litigation in Employment: So What’s It Going to Cost Me?”

This article outlines costs that employers may face when defending lawsuits brought under the ADA, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Civil Rights Act.