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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.

February 21, 2017
Resources: Exercise After Burn Injury

This new collection of free resources includes videos, a factsheet, and a narrated slideshow that explains how exercise can enhance recovery and quality of life for people who have experienced a burn injury.

“Flowers, Chocolates, Romance … and Disability”

Noting that healthy intimate relationships are an important part of life, the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) put together this collection of articles, resources, and research on dating, intimacy, and sexuality for people with disabilities.

February 21, 2017
Rocky Mountain ADA Center Partners with Make a Hero Film Productions to Raise Awareness of the Value of the ADA

The Rocky Mountain ADA Center announced a partnership with Make a Hero, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating sports films featuring people with disabilities. "The Movement," a film narrated by Robert Redford and Warren Miller, tells the story of five individuals with disabilities who have distinguished themselves through adaptive sports. The film will air in over 100 U.S. markets, reaching over 80 million households, beginning February 9, 2017.

February 21, 2017
“Let’s Talk: Promoting Disability Inclusion in Today’s Multigenerational Workplace”

This article highlights a recent webinar hosted by our Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, which explored the issues faced by millennials with disabilities and employers as they strive to create effective, collaborative, and productive approaches to work.

#DSWORKS Campaign

This initiative from the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) offers information and resources to encourage the hiring of workers with Down Syndrome.

February 21, 2017
DOJ Settlement: Fauquier County to Improve Access to Voting

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Fauquier County, Virginia, entered this agreement to improve access at polling places through structural alterations, temporary measures for election day (e.g., portable ramps), or selection of alternate facilities. The county will also implement a training program to educate Election Officers and poll workers about why and how to implement accessibility measures.

February 21, 2017
PEAT: Policy Brief Summarizes Updates to Federal ICT Standards

The Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT) offers this summary to help federal agencies, people with disabilities, and other stakeholders better understand the recently updated rules on information and communication technology (ICT). The rules address ICT used by federal agencies, which is covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, and telecommunications equipment covered by Section 255 of the Communications Act.

February 21, 2017
Survey on Mobile Health Technology and Apps (mHealth)

This survey is open to individuals with disabilities age 18 or older who use, or would like to use, mobile communications technology to monitor and manage their health. The survey covers mobile apps for recording and managing health information, monitoring and tracking devices for recording activity, and websites and other Internet-based sources of health information. The information collected will be used to help researchers, designers, and engineers create new mHealth solutions to meet the needs of people with disabilities.