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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.

August 22, 2017
New IDEA Website

The U.S. Department of Education launched a redesigned website on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), with information for students, parents, educators, and service providers.

Access to Success: Free Online Course for College Students with Disabilities

This course, from the Research and Training Center on Independent Living (RTC/IL) at the University of Kansas, is designed to help students learn about their rights and responsibilities in the post-secondary environment, and to develop self-advocacy skills.

August 22, 2017
U.S. Corporations Need to Join the Global Conversation About Disability Inclusion

The writer of this piece, Debra Ruh, talks about how litigation “both helps and hurts” the advancement of disability inclusion, and urges companies to tell their stories about the benefits of accessibility and inclusion.

“Surf-By Lawsuits: Is Your Company’s Website ADA Compliant?”

This article outlines the issues and debate surrounding the accessibility of businesses’ websites, and urges businesses to make their websites accessible to avoid potential problems.

August 22, 2017
“Top 10 Mistakes Employers Make in Employment Applications—and How to Avoid Them”

Including medical or disability-related questions is number one on this list of top ten employment application mistakes.

“On Drugs and at Work: Keeping Your Work Force Safe and ADA-Compliant in the Opioid Epidemic”

This article outlines procedures that employers should follow to ensure that workplace drug policies are followed and the rights of workers who legally use prescription medications are protected.

August 22, 2017
Settlement Agreement: Bieber Tourways

The U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ) entered this settlement agreement with Bieber Tourways, a large, fixed-route transportation operator based in Pennsylvania. Reviews by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the DOJ revealed that the company was using non-accessible buses on its fixed routes, in violation of ADA requirements.

Bieber Tourways, by January 2018, will ensure that only accessible buses are used for its fixed route services. The company will revise its procedures, train staff, and pay a $20,000 civil penalty to the United States.

UPS to Pay $2 Million to Resolve Nationwide EEOC Disability Discrimination Claims

United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) has agreed to pay $2 million to nearly 90 current and former employees, resolving a nationwide disability discrimination lawsuit filed in 2009 by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

August 22, 2017
Partnerships in Wellness

This health promotion curriculum is designed to partner an adult with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) with an individual who does not have these disabilities so that both can learn new information and build healthy habits.

August 22, 2017
ADA in Focus Webinar: Reasonable Accommodations in Colleges and Universities

August 23, 2017
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Presented by Tessa DiPerri of the University of Maryland and Crystal Tenan of Towson State University, this session will explore issues of reasonable accommodations in higher education.

Healthy People 2030 Framework Open for Comment

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks comments on the “Healthy People 2030" initiative, which sets goals and objectives to improve the health and well-being of people in the US, including people with disabilities. The public comment period will be open until September 29th.