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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.

October 3, 2017
Saving Money for a Better Life: What Can the ABLE Act Do for Me?

This new factsheet outlines the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which gives some people with disabilities a way to save money for qualifying expenses such as a car, college or career training, healthcare, and other expenses without impacting eligibility for benefit programs. Sections cover eligibility, how to open an account, and myths and common questions about ABLE Accounts.

October 3, 2017
ODEP Launches WIOA State Plan Matrices Tool

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) analyzed Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) state plans to create this collection of data on employment of people with disabilities. Data are available for each state, the District of Columbia, and for the nation as a whole.

October 3, 2017
EEOC Issues New Guide to Assist Federal Agencies to Provide Personal Assistance Services (PAS)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released guidance to assist federal agencies in providing personal assistance services (PAS) to federal employees who need such services in the workplace. Revised regulations under Section 501 the Rehabilitation Act require the provision of PAS to individuals with certain disabilities.

October 3, 2017
Survey on Service Animals and Assistance Animals

If you are a U.S. resident at least 18 years old who uses a service animal or other animal that assists with your disability, or a parent of a child who uses such an animal, the Southwest ADA Center invites you to complete this anonymous survey about experiences accessing public places with your animal.

Nominate a Disability Employment Champion

The Viscardi Center is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards. These awards honor leaders who have helped improve quality of life for people with disabilities in all areas of community life, including employment. Nominations are due by October 20.

October 3, 2017
Status: ADA Education and Reform Act

A number of media articles report on or express opinions about this proposed legislation:

October 3, 2017
NOD Recognizes Leading Employers

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) announced the recipients of the 2017 Leading Disability Employer SealTM recognizing companies that demonstrate exemplary employment practices for people with disabilities.

Video: Unconscious Bias

This brief video features employers talking about how they challenged their own biases and concerns, giving workers with disabilities a chance to succeed.

“How to Avoid Retaliation Claims from Employees”

This article outlines various laws, including the ADA, that address retaliation against employees who engage in protected activities such as requesting reasonable accommodation or filing a complaint of discrimination.