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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.

April 17, 2018
Presidential Proclamation: World Autism Awareness Day

Read the presidential proclamation recognizing April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day, and encouraging “all Americans to learn more about autism, and find ways to support people with autism and their families and caregivers.”

“‘Sesame Street’ Theme Park Upgrades for Autistic Kids, Adds Quiet Rooms and Parent Help”

The Sesame Street theme park in Langhorne, Pennsylvania is the first to receive a certification for autism sensitivity and awareness training.

“What Does It Mean To Be a Doctor with a Disability?”

This article explores experiences, progress, and remaining challenges for individuals who want to become doctors and other health care professionals.

April 17, 2018
TBI Survivors Share Their Journeys Back to Work

This article includes personal stories from survivors of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), as well as resources for individuals and employers.

A Purpose in Life: Why Employment First Matters to Self-Advocates

Research indicates that the numbers of people with disabilities working in sheltered workshops are decreasing, but the numbers working in integrated, community settings are not increasing. This report, developed with self-advocates, discusses why and how “we can do better.”

“Civil Litigation in Employment: So What’s It Going to Cost Me?”

This article outlines costs that employers may face when defending lawsuits brought under the ADA, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and the Civil Rights Act.

April 17, 2018
“Lawmakers Band Together To Defend ADA”

This article reports on the coalition of U.S. Senators, led by Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, who have vowed to block the passage of the ADA Education and Reform Act.

April 17, 2018
Extended Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation: Debate Continues

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has issued rulings stating that granting extended time off to employees with disabilities is generally not required as a form of reasonable accommodation under the ADA. These decisions are in sharp contrast both to the long-standing position of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and some other courts, but the Supreme Court recently declined to hear an appeal from one of the Seventh Circuit cases, leaving the split unresolved at a national level.

Several recent articles and opinion pieces reported or commented on the issue:

April 17, 2018
YouthACT Policy Briefs

The Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthAct) published two new briefs, Our Voices Matter in Our Communities and Our Lives in High School and Beyond, which were written by youth with disabilities who want policy makers to hear their voices.

“Hitting the Open Road After High School: How to Choose Your Own Adventure to Success!”

This publication from the Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthAct) is designed to help youth prepare for transition, learn about their options, find supports and services, and make choices that are right for them.

April 17, 2018
April: Focus on Health

April might bring showers, but it also brings a focus on public health with observation of Minority Health Month, National Public Health Week, and National Interprofessional Health Care Month. Check out the information and resources!