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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.

May 15, 2018
Social Security Office Closures and Staff Cuts Concern Politicians and the Public

This article reports on concerns and protests by elders, people with disabilities, and others who utilize Social Security benefits. The agency has closed 10% of its offices, as well as all of its “contact sites” — locations that serve remote, rural populations on a weekly or monthly basis — in recent years. Combined with significant staff reductions at the agency, many beneficiaries complain of difficulty getting to locations for in-person services, and long waits for responses, decisions, and services.

May 15, 2018
Meeting the Needs of Adults with Disabilities in the Marketplace

A new report from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) finds that inclusive hiring practices and involving people with disabilities in product development and advertisement can help businesses access a market worth billions of dollars.

Podcast: ADA Education and Reform Act

This podcast features an interview with opponents of the ADA Education and Reform Act (HR620) recently passed by the House of Representatives. The bill would amend Title III of the ADA to require individuals with disabilities to provide notice to businesses before filing lawsuits alleging faillure to remove structural barriers.

May 15, 2018
Thanks, Mom!

The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) celebrates Mother’s Day and recognizes moms of all stripes, including moms with disabilities and moms of children with disabilities, with this “bouquet” of resources on parenting.

May: Mental Health Month

The month of May is Mental Health Month, sponsored by Mental Health America.The theme is Fitness 4Mind4Body, spotlighting tools and resources that benefit minds and bodies together.

The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) offers this collection of resources and information on the benefits of an integrated approach to mental and physical health and wellness.

May 15, 2018
Mental Health in the Workplace: Resources for Employers

May is Mental Health Month, a good time for employers to learn about successful practices to promote good mental health among employees and assist those who may have mental health conditions. Check out the resources offered by the Center for Workplace Mental Health and the Disability Management Employer Coalition, as well as accommodation ideas for workers with mental health conditions from the Job Accommodation Network.

“What Now for Wellness?”

This article reports on the status of employer-sponsored wellness programs in light of court decisions on rules issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

May 15, 2018
“Microsoft Launches $25M Program to Use AI for Disabilities”

Microsoft is launching a $25 million initiative to use artificial intelligence (AI) to build better technology for people with disabilities.

May 15, 2018
Alternative Formats in Higher Education:
History, Trends, Current Practices and Challenges

May 22, 2018
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Webinar: Let's Go to the Playground!

May 29, 2018
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time