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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.

June 12, 2018
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities: Opportunities to Improve Health Through Smoking Cessation

Individuals with mental or substance use disorders or both are more than twice as likely to smoke cigarettes as individuals without such disorders, and are more likely to die from smoking-related illnesses than from their behavioral health conditions. A new report reveals that many mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities now have smoke-free policies, but many do not screen individuals for tobacco use or offer any kind of smoking cessation programs, counseling, or medication.

June 12, 2018
“VA's Caregiver Program Still Dropping Veterans with Disabilities”

This article reports on a controversial Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) program that is designed to support family caregivers of veterans with disabilities.

June 12, 2018
Briefs: Promising Practices to Improve Outcomes for Youth in the Justice System

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth has released these two new research briefs, which synthesize the latest evidence on effective and promising approaches to the prevention of delinquency, youth diversion, and improving transition outcomes among incarcerated youth:

  • Making the Right Turn: A Research Update on Improving Transition Outcomes Among Youth Involved in the Juvenile Corrections System
  • Making the Right Turn: A Research Update on Prevention and Diversion for Justice Involved Youth
June 12, 2018
Maryland: EEOC Sues M&R Consulting, LLC for Disability Discrimination

M&R Consulting, LLC, a Towson, Maryland-based home care agency doing business as Home Instead Senior Care, violated the ADA when it rescinded a job offer because it regarded an applicant as having tuberculosis, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), charged in a lawsuit it announced. 

The EEOC alleged that M&R Consulting rescinded the job offer when the applicant tested positive for tuberculosis on a skin test, but the test only indicates exposure to tuberculosis bacteria, not whether an individual actually has latent or active tuberculosis disease. The applicant submitted an x-ray, which confirmed that she did not have tuberculosis, but the company rescinded the job offer anyway.

June 12, 2018
Research Findings: “What Would Help Older Adults Trust Robots to Help Them with Personal Care?”

Researchers asked elders currently receiving personal assistance services what traits they would want in a robot caregiver. Individuals identified various characteristics in three general areas: technical skills, capacity for communication, and “personal” qualities (to be able to display comforting mannerisms, be pleasant to look at, made of materials comfortable to touch, etc.).

“Disability Is a Natural Part of the Human Experience”

This opinion piece from West Virginian Paul Smith urges greater support and funding for services that reduce segregation and isolation and increase opportunities for individuals with disabilities to live in communities.

June 12, 2018
Marketing: "Rethinking Disability Targeting"

This article explores the possibilities, both positive and negative, of advertising strategies focused on people with disabilities.

“Why Law Firms Should Make Web Accessibility a Priority in 2018”

This article urges law firms to embrace digital accessibility to optimize their web presence and enhance the reach of their marketing efforts, improve public perception and client experience, and minimize legal liability – all factors which can contribute to increased financial returns.

“An Attack on the Disabled”

This opinion writer regards the ADA Education ad Reform Act (HR 620), recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, as a dangerous assault on civil rights.