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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.

September 19, 2017
"Pain May Be a Fact of Life, but There Is Help and Hope for Relief"

September is Pain Awareness Month, sponsored by the American Chronic Pain Association. The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) shares resources and research findings on pain, pain management, and how pain can impact the abilities of people with disabilities to participate in community activities.

Video Series: Living with Low Vision

This five-part video series from the National Eye Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) features people with low vision and vision professionals discussing how low vision is diagnosed, modifications and technologies people can use to support independence, and reaching out for support from family and community members. Each video is available in English and Spanish.

September 19, 2017
Web Access Lawsuits on the Rise

Lawsuits alleging that businesses’ websites are inaccessible to individuals with disabilities are on the rise across the country. Business operators are urged to evaluate their websites and address any problems that may be identified.

“What Businesses Should Know About Website Accessibility Lawsuits Under the ADA”

This article provides a checklist to help businesses identify some of the common accessibility problems found on websites.

September 19, 2017
Status: ADA Education and Reform Act

HR 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act, was recently moved out of committee and may soon come before the full House of Representatives for consideration. The bill is designed to require a “notice and cure period” of up to 180 days before individuals with disabilities could file private lawsuits alleging failure to remove structural barriers in existing businesses covered by Title III of the ADA.

September 19, 2017
NDEAM 2017: Inclusion Drives Innovation

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), observed every October, is right around the corner. Find information, materials, ideas, and resources to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities!

Disability Equality Index: Best Places to Work 2017

The U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) announced the results of the 2017 Disability Equality Index (DEI) survey, which gathers information about best practices for disability inclusion.

How Employers Can Help Address America’s Opioid Epidemic

This article outlines “four practical lessons” for employers to address the potential impact of opioid dependency among workers, support employees with effective treatment and recovery programs, and maintain safe workplaces.

September 19, 2017
“Huntington Ingalls Sued By EEOC for Disability Discrimination”

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit against Huntington Ingalls Industries, a ship building company based in Newport News, Virginia. The lawsuit alleges the company violated the ADA when it refused to hire a pipefitter after discovering his hearing impairment.

September 5, 2017
Survey: Figuring Out How Young Adults with Disabilities Participate in Rural Community Events

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities (RTC: Rural) is conducting interviews for this study on how young adults with disabilities participate in social and community events in rural areas. Participants must be 18 to 34 years old, be in or from a town of fewer than 10,000 inhabitants, and have had an IEP in high school and/or a current disability. Participation involves a 1 to 2 hour interview and participants will be compensated for their time.