Other enabled individuals, want to work and the primary impediment is "reliable" transportation to and from work.
If there are more fixed route transportation options, people with disabilities will have more opportunities to get to and make use of them.
Transportation & Employment: The ADA transportation language/regulationas should be amended to increase the paratransit service area from 1 mile on either side of a fixed route service to a 10 mile corridor. Nationwide the efficacy and outcomes for supported employment can be significantly enhanced through partnerships between urban and rural transit authorities, state vocational rehabilitation agencies, state departments ...more »
My local paratransit has been sued several times for substandard service. One of the results of that is that the cost of the ride is refunded if the ride is late. The penalty is the same whether the ride is 5 minutes or two hours late. One of the downsides to this is that, if a ride is already late, the client will be left further behind as the dispatcher gives priority to riders who can still be picked up on time, minimizing ...more »
For people with disabilities lack of reliable and accessible public transportation can severely diminish an individual’s ability to obtain employment. The unpredictability of transit arrival and hence, employee arrival times, can negatively influence employers’ perceptions of people with disabilities’ attendance and punctuality. For instance, The Interim Report produced by the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive ...more »
On November 2, 2015, the National Council on Disability (NCD) released Self-Driving Cars: Mapping Access to a Technology Revolution. The report observes that Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) are an opportunity for people with disabilities to increase their autonomy and economic development. This technology can be used by the disability community on an individual basis or by expanding current public transportation systems. Public ...more »
For those whose disability becomes worse but only at times, there needs to be a way for enhanced transportation help when the intermittent disability becomes a temporary, but real and recurrent barrier to getting to work.
A research based (NIH, ED) app is available that has been successfully implemented in Albuquerque to support transitioning from para-transit to fixed route bus services for people with intellectual disabilities http://www.ablelinktech.com/index.php?id=33
If road service or first responders are assisting individuals with disabilities, they need to be able to get the individual out of the vehicle without unnecessary destruction of the vehicle (e.g. other options to open a modified van other than "jaws of life"), and also be able to transport the individual if the vehicle needs to be towed (e.g. wheelchair).
Ensure that the individual gets to the destination. Example: young man in a wheelchair was left outside 2 hours until his return trip because noone checked that the doctor's office had moved Ensure that transportation agencies/drivers know what to do in a medical emergency Example young woman with asthma outside in winter called 3 times for late ride and when had problems breathing they told her to call 911 and hung ...more »
Consider establishing a hub-and-spoke system, with public, mass-transportation "busses" equipped to handle wheelchairs, hover-rounds, etc. that have community stops equipped with bathrooms. To get to these "hub" areas of mass-transportation, fund or encourage the use of self-driving cars for those with disabilities to get from their homes, to the mass transit points, and then back home at the end of the day. The cars ...more »
Full disclosure: I have multiple disabilities.
Enable van tracking on Google Maps. We all have phones, and it would help if we could use those phones to track the van location.