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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.

October 17, 2017
Professional Insights into Managing Pregnancy After SCI

This new video offers a guide for healthcare professionals treating women with spinal cord injuries (SCI) who may have concerns about having a safe and successful pregnancy. The video features experts in the fields of physiatry, nursing, and occupational therapy, with special focus on secondary conditions. It also features one woman with SCI and her obstetrician, and how they successfully managed her journey through two pregnancies.

October 17, 2017
“Brief Coaching Can Help Youth Receiving Wraparound Services Become More Engaged in Their Treatment Planning”

A recent study found that a brief self-advocacy coaching program can increase youth’s active involvement and leadership in planning their own mental health treatment.

October 17, 2017
2017 Report on Disability-Related Air Travel Complaints Received in 2016

The annual report on complaints alleging disability-based discrimination in air transportation, addressed by the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), is available. The report covers disability-related complaints that U.S. and foreign passenger air carriers operating to, from, and within the U.S. received during the 2016 calendar year.

October 17, 2017
Toolkit for Operating a Rural Transportation Voucher Program

This updated toolkit provides a model on how to bring together community members and resources to develop and operate a transportation system for people with disabilities in rural areas.

October 17, 2017
Kiosk Group Renews Focus on ADA Compliance Efforts

The Kiosk Industry Group Association (KIGA) formed a new committee and working group to help develop accessibility guidelines for kiosks and other self-service transaction machines.

October 17, 2017
October: National Physical Therapy Month

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is conducting its #ChoosePT campaign to promote awareness of physical therapy as a safe and effective alternative to opioids for the long-term treatment of chronic pain.

Disability Pride Resource Toolkit

This toolkit, released by the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), is designed to help youth with disabilities, service providers, and advocates develop disability pride.