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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 1, 2018

May 1, 2018
New Medical Devices Help Doctors with Disabilities

This article and video highlight new technologies that may help doctors with limited mobility examine patients.

“Is VR an Alternative for Disabled Access on a Theme Park Ride?”

This article reports on the use of virtual reality (VR) applications that are enabling individuals to experience versions of theme park rides that would otherwise be inaccessible to them.

“New Typeface Combines Touchable Braille with Visible Letters”

A designer has created a new typeface that allows characters to be overlaid with their braille equivalents.

May 1, 2018
“The High Cost of Taking Away Prisoners' Medicaid Coverage”

This article examines the ways some states are addressing eligibility for Medicaid and other disability-related programs in order to maintain more continuity in services and reduce recidivism.

“Boy with Autism Builds World's Largest Lego Titanic Replica”

A 10-year-old boy from Reykjavik, Iceland, who is on the autism spectrum, spent 700 hours building with Lego bricks a replica of the famed Titanic ocean liner.

“The Controversial Process of Redesigning the Wheelchair Symbol”

This article reports on the debate surrounding the use of an alternate graphic design in place of the internationally recognized symbol of accessibility.

May 1, 2018
Need Tech Talent? Think Apprenticeships

The Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT) and the Department of Labor (DOL) funded IT apprenticeship intermediary Apprenti are partnering to build bridges between the technology industry and inclusive apprenticeships.

“Are Your Workplace Policies Evolving, or Are They Obsolete?”

This article encourages employers to review policies related to leave, workplace conduct, and other issues in light of evolving laws on federal, state, and local levels.

May 1, 2018
Virginia Judge: Bank Took Steps to Address Website Accessibility, Case Moot

A federal judge in the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed a case brought by a plaintiff who is blind, claiming a bank’s website was not accessible. The bank hired a consultant and began the process of improving access to its website, so the judge ruled the matter was resolved and the case moot.

May 1, 2018
Innovative Strategies for Successful Transition:
Delaware and the District of Columbia

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) published two new profiles featuring innovative transition programs.

The Career Development Summer Program at the University of Delaware's Center for Disabilities Studies, a seven-week summer program for youth with disabilities ages 16 to 21, features work-based learning practices, including internships, workplace visits, and career development training.

The District of Columbia Public Schools' Competitive Employment Opportunity Program highlights strategies to help high school students with disabilities develop skills for reaching their postsecondary education and employment goals.