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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 24, 2017

Volume 21, Number 3

ADA In Focus is published three times yearly by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center. It is also available by request in large print, Braille, audio CD, and computer disk. To obtain copies in other formats, contact us.

October 24, 2017
Community Spotlight:
Pittsburgh’s “Oakland For All”

Oakland For All - Beyond Accessible is an initiative promoting accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood. Oakland, home to the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, is an urban area with a lively business district.

Oakland For All (OFA), founded in 2015 in honor of the 25th anniversary of the ADA, is facilitated by the Oakland Business Improvement District (OBID) and the Oakland Transportation Management Association (OTMA). OFA is a collaboration of stakeholders, advocacy groups, non-profit organizations, universities, and businesses. Their mission statement is "Together, we are opening a pathway to a community without barriers." 

Georgia Petropoulus, Executive Director of the OBID, answered some questions recently about Oakland For All.

How did your organization get involved?

October 24, 2017
DC Judge: EEOC Must Reconsider Rules on Employer Sponsored Wellness Programs

A judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a memorandum opinion in the case of AARP v EEOC, requiring the agency to reconsider its rules related to employer sponsored wellness programs under both the ADA and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

The rules, which went into effect in January of this year, allow employers to penalize workers up to 30% of the cost of their health insurance premiums if they decline to participate in wellness programs that require them to undergo medical testing or answer questions about their health. Such programs are only permissible under the ADA if they are “voluntary.”

The level of incentive (either a reward or a penalty) that would preserve the voluntary nature of a program – in other words, an incentive not so great or so burdensome that it leaves workers with little meaningful choice – is at the center of the debate in this case.

July 4, 2017
ADA Anniversary: Celebrate July 26!

It’s been nearly 27 years since the ADA was enacted in a festive outdoor ceremony attended by thousands. Overwhelming majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate passed the legislation, and it was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.

The new law represented, for many, a promise of opportunities which had long been denied. President Bush compared signing the bill to taking a sledgehammer to a wall, “one which has for too many generations separated Americans with disabilities from the freedom they could glimpse, but not grasp.”

July 4, 2017
ADA Resource Networks: Connect and Learn

The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center’s professional resource networks have nearly 400 members throughout the region. Network members learn the latest information on the ADA through exclusive webinars and group mailing lists, networking with others who have similar jobs and challenges, and sharing resources and ideas to enhance ADA implementation.

Recent Network Activities: ADA Leadership Network
  • The ADA Leadership Network (LN) welcomed two new groups of trainers; one in April and one in May.
July 4, 2017
Pennsylvania Judge Rules that Individual Claiming Disability Discrimination Based on Gender Dysphoria May Proceed with ADA Case

A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania refused to dismiss the ADA claims of the plaintiff in the case of Blatt v Cabela’s Retail, Inc.. The plaintiff, who was “diagnosed with ‘Gender Dysphoria, also known as Gender Identity Disorder’” alleged that she was discriminated against based on her sex (in violation of the Civil Rights Act) and disability. Cabela’s sought dismissal of the disability claims because the ADA specifically excludes from protection individuals with “gender identity disorders not resulting from physical impairments.” The plaintiff countered that applying the exclusion to her case would violate her constitutional right to equal protection under the law.