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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.

November 14, 2017
Accessible Shared Streets: Notable Practices and Considerations for Pedestrians with Vision Disabilities

This new publication from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) focuses on shared streets – where pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles mix – and offers ideas, strategies, and lessons learned about designs that improve accessibility for pedestrians with vision disabilities.

November 14, 2017
Enhancing Airport Wayfinding for Aging Travelers and Persons with Disabilities

This new guidebook is designed to help airport operators and planners assist aging travelers and those with disabilities navigate airports using pedestrian wayfinding systems. The guidebook also includes a “Wayfinding Accessibility Audit Checklist,” suggestions for apps and web-based information systems, and information on compliance with federal and international regulations and standards.

November 14, 2017
Mentoring Toolkit

This new resource is designed for federal agencies and others interested in how mentoring can support the recruitment, placement, retention, and advancement of individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in the workforce.

November 14, 2017
“Disability Suits over Website Access Surge”

This article reports on the growing number of lawsuits that allege violations of Title III of the ADA because of websites that are difficult for people with disabilities to navigate.

CUNA Pushes for Clarity on ADA Application to Websites

The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is calling for more specific regulations and guidance on how businesses can ensure access to their websites and reduce lawsuits.

“How PR Firms Must Navigate Website Compliance Under The Americans With Disabilities Act”

This article outlines strategies that can help public relations firms improve the accessibility of website content they develop for clients.

November 14, 2017
“Saluting Those Who Served”

The National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) observed Veteran’s Day by posting this collection of resources and research findings related to veterans with disabilities.

“The GOP’s Tax Bill Is a War on Disabled People”

This opinion piece outlines the writer’s concerns about the Republicans’ tax proposals, including the elimination of tax credits and deductions for out-of-pocket medical expenses and equipment.

Former Senator Tom Harkin Given 2017 Dole Leadership Prize

As he was honored with the 2017 Dole Leadership Prize, former U.S. Senator Tom Harkin said the kind of relationship he had with former Senator Bob Dole was sorely missing in the Washington, D.C. of today.

November 14, 2017
EEOC Launches Online Services for Inquiries, Appointments and Discrimination Charges

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) launched an EEOC Public Portal to enable individuals to submit inquiries or requests for intake interviews, file a charge, update contact information, agree to mediate a charge, upload documents, receive documents and messages related to a charge, and check on the status of a charge.