Mid-Atlantic ADA Center Webinar:
Making the Connection: Aging, Transportation, and the ADA
January 26, 2021
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Wheelchair/scooter users from anywhere in the U.S. are needed for a Virginia Tech research study. The purpose of this research is to develop a greater understanding of the accessibility of service hailed through Uber and Lyft apps. Participants need not have personal experience with Uber or Lyft. The online survey takes less than 10 minutes for those without experience with Uber and Lyft and about 15 minutes for those with experience. Participants will be entered into a drawing for three $50 Amazon gift cards. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-643-2474. The deadline for participation is January 31, 2021.
The Department of Transportation has published a draft of its first Strategic Plan on Accessible Transportation, which reflects ongoing and future initiatives to improve transportation options for people with disabilities. The draft plan is available for public review and comment through February 16, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. EST.
The 2021 Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) database, designed to connect employers with highly qualified, pre-screened students and recent graduates with disabilities seeking internships or permanent jobs, is now open for employer registration. Registration for students, recruiters, and school coordinators will open later in the year.
NIDILRR Seeks Peer Reviewers for Upcoming Competitions
The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) is seeking expert peer reviewers for several upcoming disability and rehabilitation research grant competitions. Reviewers are not required to travel to participate in ACL grant reviews, which are conducted via teleconference discussion following individual review of applications. Visit the Administration for Community Living’s Reviewer Recruitment Module for more information.
In Spring 2021, the U.S. Access Board, in partnership with other federal agencies, will host a series of virtual meetings on making autonomous vehicles (AVs) accessible to all passengers, including those with disabilities. The four-part series will provide an open forum where members of the public and stakeholders can discuss considerations, challenges, and solutions in designing inclusive AVs. The sessions are free and open to the public.
Accessibility for Passengers with Mobility Disabilities: Entering and Exiting Vehicles
March 10, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30 (ET)
Accessibility for Passengers with Mobility Disabilities: Maneuvering and Securement in Vehicles
March 24, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30 (ET)
Communication Accessibility for Passengers with Sensory or Cognitive Disabilities
April 7, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30 (ET)
Findings, Recommendations, Future Research, and Suggested Next Steps
April 21, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30 (ET)