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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.

February 20, 2018
“House Passes Bill to Amend Title III of the ADA in Attempt to Curb Drive-By Lawsuits”

This article reports on the U.S. House of Representatives’ recent passage of the ADA Education and Reform Act, which would require potential plaintiffs to give businesses notice about architectural barriers before filing lawsuits.

“Why Congress is Close to Gutting a Key Provision of the ADA”

This writer of this opinion piece says “attacking the ADA” through the ADA Education and Reform Act isn’t the way to deal with “a small group of shady lawyers” who take advantage of the law for “sheer profit.”

February 20, 2018
Pennsylvania: United States Attorney’s Office Reaches Settlement with Cumberland County over Polling Place Access for Voters

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced a settlement with Cumberland County that will result in improved accessibility at the county’s polling places.

February 20, 2018
Preparing Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities for Work: What School Leaders Need to Know About the New Legal Landscape

This policy brief reviews the responsibilities schools have to prepare youth with disabilities for work and careers, and outlines ADA enforcement activities and case law that are changing the direction of education, training, and work experience programs to focus on more integrated employment outcomes.

“Desperate for Help”
Philadelphia Schools Struggle to Serve Students with Mental Health Issues

This article examines issues that students, parents, teachers, and school administrators face when children have mental health and behavior challenges.

February 20, 2018
Are You Ready for Summer?
Inclusion and Summer Camps

February 28, 2018
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Service Animals in Shelter Settings

March 6, 2018
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Survey on Health Reform and Disability

This online survey is open to adults 18 to 64 years old with any type of disability and any type of health insurance. Responses are anonymous. Qualified participants may enter to win a $100 gift card.

February 6, 2018
Video: “Amputee Dancer Eric Graise Talks About His Role in ‘Step Up: High Water’”

This video clip features performer Eric Graise.

February 6, 2018
GW: “Officials Examine Website Accessibility amid Federal Disability Investigation”

Officials at George Washington University (GW) have formed a task force to examine the accessibility of the school’s websites.