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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
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

VSA Emerging Young Artists Program

This is a juried competition and exhibition featuring artwork from emerging young artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, who are living in the United States. Fifteen artists will share a total of $60,000 in awards, and winning artwork will be exhibited in a nationally touring exhibition. Artists will also attend an all-expenses-paid professional development workshop at the Kennedy Center. The deadline is May 31.

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.

April 17, 2018
“Gang-Raped and Left Without a Voice: Living with Disability in India”

This article reports on challenges faced by women and girls with disabilities who experience sexual assault in India.

April 17, 2018
“Pets on a Plane: Airlines Turn to Government for Help in Taming Rise of Emotional Support Animals”

This article reports on the ongoing challenges and conflicts arising from the dramatic increase in the number of animals flying in airline cabins.

April 17, 2018
“Short Staffing Leads to Long Waits for Social Security Disability Hearing Decisions”

This article reports on the continuing backlog of applications for disability-related Social Security benefits, and growing concern among members of Congress.

“Spending Bill Addresses Crushing Backlog of Federal Disability Claims”

This article reports on the recently passed federal budget, which provides a funding increase for the Social Security Administration. Some of the increase is intended to help the agency address its backlog of applications for disability-based benefits.