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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.

November 28, 2017
“TV Including More Characters with Disabilities”

An annual report that looks at the representation of minorities on television indicates an increase in the number of characters with disabilities.

“Jeremy the Dud: The New Short Film that Flips Disability on Its Head”

A new film, Jeremy the Dud, features a character “without specialty” trying to live in a world where almost everyone has a disability.

November 28, 2017
Higher Education: Addressing IT Accessibility

This article reports on discussions among colleges and universities interested in collaborating to improve the accessibility of information technology (IT) products and systems used in higher education.

November 28, 2017
“Accessibility is Good Business, and It’s the Right Thing to Do”

This article highlights a service available from the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The Center conducts site assessments that can help businesses identify and address structural barriers on their properties.

November 28, 2017
“PEAT Talks Recap: Strategies to Drive Awareness and Engagement at a Large Enterprise”

This blog post from the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT) recaps a recent presentation on how Capital One’s Digital Accessibility Team worked to help thousands of employees understand accessible technology and approach their day-to-day work with an “accessibility mindset.”

November 28, 2017
American Airlines and Envoy Air to Pay $9.8 Million to Settle EEOC ADA Lawsuit

American Airlines and Envoy Air will pay $9.8 million in stock to settle a nationwide class disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC claimed the airlines discriminated against hundreds of employees by refusing to consider reasonable accommodations that might have enabled workers to return to duty with medical restrictions.

November 28, 2017
New Training Program Materials: Pressure Injury Prevention in Hospitals

This curriculum from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRC) is designed to facilitate the implementation of staff training programs aimed at reducing hospital-acquired pressure injuries, which are potentially deadly skin ulcers that can result from unrelieved pressure, especially on bony areas such as heels, hips, or the tailbone in people with limited mobility.