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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.

November 14, 2017
ACAA: Expanded Disability Training Materials

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has several modular programs on the rights and responsibilities of individuals and airlines under the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). These programs can be used to assist individuals with disabilities and to supplement the training and education of airline employees and contractors.

The recently expanded collection includes the "Assistive Device Stowage, Damage, and Delay Interactive Guide," describing various assistive devices and how to properly handle, stow, load, and return them to passengers, and the "Seating Accommodation Interactive Guide," describing the types of seating accommodations available on aircraft, seating accommodation methods used by airlines, and seating accommodation eligibility.

November 14, 2017
Digital Accessibility: “7 Principles of Inclusive Design That Put People First”

This article outlines principles for making digital products inclusive and accessible for employees and potential employees, as well as customers with disabilities.

Research Brief: Accessibility, Usability, and Design of Wearables and Wirelessly Connected Devices

This brief, which draws on findings from a review of representative applications and examples of currently available wearable and connected technologies, explores the potential impact of inclusive design principles on future device development.

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.