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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.

October 5, 2015

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published its ADA Circular to provide guidance for transit agencies. The document explains ADA requirements in detail, using real-world examples of good practices to help ensure accessible services for passengers with disabilities. The Circular also provides illustrations of common accessibility problems and solutions, information about accessible vehicles, rail cars, and vessels covered by the FTA’s rules, and a variety of sample policies and forms, such as a checklist for newly constructed or altered transportation facilities, and sample paratransit eligibility determination letters.

June 27, 2017
“Lawmakers Call For Full Funding Of IDEA”

A bill introduced this month in the U.S. House of Representatives calls for federal funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to gradually increase over the next 10 years.

June 27, 2017
“Audio Description Comes to Amazon Video”

Amazon announced the availability of audio description support for Amazon Video, providing customers who are blind or have low vision with professional narration for popular movies and Amazon Original TV shows.

"Stories About Disability Don’t Have To Be Sad"

This author of “Mia Lee is Wheeling Through Middle School” recounts her experience trying to publish her book, featuring an active, happy teenager with a disability.

Actors with Autism Offer New Perspective in “Keep the Change”

This article reports on “Keep the Change,” an award-winning film about characters with autism, who are played by actors with autism.

June 27, 2017
Sharing Economy May Exclude Those with Disabilities

This article reports on a research project that found limited opportunities for individuals with disabilities to utilize the lodging exchange platform Airbnb. Researchers noted a variety of contributing factors, including the fact that many Airbnb listings are simply not accessible for individuals with physical disabilities.

June 27, 2017
Facts for Features: ADA Anniversary

In recognition of the upcoming anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the U.S. Census Bureau provides this demographic snapshot of people with disabilities in the United States, as well as some of the businesses that serve them.

Show Your Purple for Alzheimer’s Disease

The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) offers this collection of resources in recognition of Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association.

"Disability Services Threatened Under Proposed Cuts to Medicaid"

This article reports on the debate surrounding the U.S. Senate bill which proposes to significantly cut federal Medicaid funding.

June 27, 2017
Find the Right Channel: Communication Aids for People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

This new fact sheet from AbleData outlines some of the assistive technology products designed to help facilitate effective communication and independence for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

June 27, 2017
Who Is Most Likely to Develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder After Spinal Cord Injury?

Researchers surveyed adults who had experienced traumatic spinal cord injuries (SCI) to find out more about those who developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to their SCI experiences. About one-fourth of study participants reported PTSD symptoms, and some individuals were more likely to report PTSD, including those from certain racial or ethnic groups, and those who were also experiencing depression, stress, or additional injuries.

“Mental Health Concerns Among Physicians”

This article reports on the high incidence of suicide and mental health issues among doctors, and some of the measures one researcher thinks are needed to reduce stigma and increase the likelihood that doctors will seek treatment when needed.