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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 6, 2018
Webinar:
Top Things to Know About Braille Signage

February 15, 2018
12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Join us for this 30-minute webinar and learn more about accessible signage.

Webinar:
Cancer as a Disability: Your Rights in the Workplace

February 20, 2018
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
This 90-minute session will provide an overview of the laws that provide protection in the workplace for those who are coping with a cancer diagnosis.

January 23, 2018
Delta Airlines: New Documentation Requirements for Service or Emotional Support Animals

Delta Airlines will begin requiring passengers to submit veterinary health forms, signed by licensed veterinary health professionals, showing that service or emotional support animals have current vaccinations for rabies and distemper.

Additionally, a form signed by a licensed medical or mental health professional certifying an individual’s mental health disability, and a self-certification form attesting that the animal has been trained to behave in a public setting will be required from passengers traveling with emotional support animals.

Forms can be downloaded from the airline’s website, and must be uploaded at least 48 hours in advance of a flight.

January 23, 2018
New Factsheet: Healthy Eating and Healthy Aging

This new factsheet, offering tips on building healthy eating habits, joins the Aging Well with a Physical Disability series.

January 23, 2018
Volvo Group North America to Pay $70,000 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Volvo Group North America, LLC, will pay $70,000 and furnish other relief to settle a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). According to the EEOC's lawsuit, Volvo made a conditional job offer at its Hagerstown, Maryland, facility to a qualified applicant who was a recovering drug addict enrolled in a supervised medication-assisted treatment program. During his post-offer physical examination, the applicant explained that he was taking medically prescribed suboxone. The EEOC alleged the company withdrew the job offer without any individualized assessment to determine whether the suboxone would affect job performance.

January 23, 2018
“For Some Receiving Disability Benefits, the Desire to Work Will Never Cease”

This article features profiles of individuals who receive disability-based benefits and continue to engage in work activities such as part-time or volunteer jobs.

“SSI Backlog: Thousands Around Philly Waiting More than Two Years for Disability Hearing”

This article reports on the backlog of pending appeals for disability-based Social Security benefits, which the Social Security Administration has called a “public service crisis.”

January 23, 2018
Resources to Support Your New Year’s Resolutions

The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) offers this collection of resources to help you make positive changes in your life as we start a new year.

“Parents with Disabilities Face an Uphill Battle to Keep Their Children”

This article reports on the disproportionate level of involvement with child welfare systems experienced by parents with all types of disabilities.