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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.

November 14, 2017
EEOC Launches Online Services for Inquiries, Appointments and Discrimination Charges

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) launched an EEOC Public Portal to enable individuals to submit inquiries or requests for intake interviews, file a charge, update contact information, agree to mediate a charge, upload documents, receive documents and messages related to a charge, and check on the status of a charge.

November 14, 2017
Philadelphia Parking Garages Improve Access

This article reports on a recent review by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania that resulted in accessibility improvements at several Philadelphia Parking Authority garages.

November 14, 2017
“Blink Fitness Celebrates Members with Disabilities in New Social Media Campaign to Demonstrate All Bodies Are Able Bodies”
November 14, 2017
Surveys Seek Input on ADA Information Needs

The Northeast ADA Center is conducting three surveys to identify the ADA information needs of older adults and members of the Hispanic/Latino community with disabilities. One survey is open to adults age 60 or older with disabilities or ongoing health concerns, a second survey is open to service providers who support these older adults, and a third survey is open to members of the Hispanic/Latino community with disabilities (available in English and Spanish).

November 14, 2017
“Saluting Those Who Served”

The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) observed Veteran’s Day by posting this collection of resources and research findings related to veterans with disabilities.

“The GOP’s Tax Bill Is a War on Disabled People”

This opinion piece outlines the writer’s concerns about the Republicans’ tax proposals, including the elimination of tax credits and deductions for out-of-pocket medical expenses and equipment.

Former Senator Tom Harkin Given 2017 Dole Leadership Prize

As he was honored with the 2017 Dole Leadership Prize, former U.S. Senator Tom Harkin said the kind of relationship he had with former Senator Bob Dole was sorely missing in the Washington, D.C. of today.

October 31, 2017
National Disability Policy: 2017 Progress Report

This year’s report from the National Council on Disability (NOD) is organized around the intersection of disability and poverty. The Council, calling poverty “the common thread that continues to compound many of the core concerns for people with disabilities,” examines the reasons people with disabilities are often destined to live in poverty and experience high unemployment despite existing regulations and policies geared toward improving their lives.

The report includes an overview of several emerging and promising practices for achieving economic self-sufficiency, as well as recommendations for policymakers.