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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.

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 9, 2018
ADA in Focus Webinar:
Committment to Digital Accessibility: Best Practices for Inclusive Technology

January 17, 2018
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Digital accessibility is a civil right: the right to participate in all that is offered on websites, mobile applications, and through other technologies. Join Lainey Feingold, one of the country’s leading disability rights lawyers, for a lively presentation on digital accessibility basics. How do people with disabilities use technology? What barriers stand in their way? What best practices have emerged from legal developments and from organizational champions? Learn the tools you need to help make 2018 a year of great digital inclusion for people with disabilities.

January 9, 2018
“Every Designer Should See the Smithsonian’s Illuminating Exhibit on Accessibility”

This article reports on Access+Ability, a new exhibition at New York’s Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, which showcases more than 70 inventions related to aging and disability. From fashionable clothing to sleek assistive devices and creative technologies, these designers are reimagining inclusion and independence.

January 9, 2018
Hardship and Death While Waiting for Social Security Disability Benefits

This article reports on the “broken and backlogged” system that can result in people waiting months or years for disability benefits.

January 9, 2018
“Who's Paying for Assistive Technology?”

This article explores some of the challenges faced by individuals who require expensive assistive technologies in order to fully participate in today’s society.

“An App That Teaches You a New Language for Ordering Lunch”

A new app, Speak2Sign, is being tested at interactive kiosks in Washington, DC’s Union Market. The app is designed to teach basic American Sign Language and help bridge the communication gap between hearing and deaf or hard of hearing individuals.

January 9, 2018
“Amtrak Proposes Boarding Platform, ADA Improvements at Martinsburg Train Station”

This article reports on proposed accessibility improvements at the train station in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

FAA Advisory Circular: Access to Airports

This revised guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is designed to assist airport operators comply with laws, including the ADA and the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), that address access to airport facilities, programs, and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Updates to the guidance include a section on the provision of Service Animal Relief Areas (SARA).