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For many individuals with developmental and other disabilities, being able to use public transportation represents not only the opportunity to pursue steps towards independence, but also a passport to a host of activities. While in many communities the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has resulted in public transit becoming physically accessible to people with disabilities, many individuals have not had the opportunity to build awareness about and skills in using public transit options. This is an unnecessary barrier to living as independently as possible. Contributing to the removal and elimination of those obstacles is part of the mission of Easter Seals Project ACTION (Accessible Community Transportation In Our Nation).
Project ACTION promotes and facilitates collaboration between the transportation industry and the disability community to increase mobility for people with disabilities. Funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transportation Administration, and administered by Easter Seals, Project ACTION provides free training, technical assistance, and informational resources useful to human service organizations; educators; transition specialists; travel instructors; rehabilitation counselors; employment specialists; physical and occupational therapists; people with disabilities, their families, and advocates; and the transportation industry. Among its programs and resources are:
For 16 years Project ACTION has been working to increase the availability and use of accessible transportation by citizens with disabilities. Its extensive array of free resources stands ready to assist in eliminating transportation barriers in our communities and to move communities forward toward the goal of a fully integrated, effective, community transportation system. Further information on the resources described here is available by calling Project ACTION’s toll-free number at 800/659-6428 (please tell the switchboard which area of interest your call is about) and on its Web site at www.projectaction.org.
Emily Bosk is Document Specialist with Easter Seals Project ACTION, Washington, D.C. She may be reached at 202/347-3066, 800/659-6428 (toll-free), 202/347-7385 (TDD) or email@example.com.
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Retrieved from the Web site of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota (http://ici.umn.edu). Citation: Gaylord, V., Abeson, A., Bosk, E., Timmons, J., & Lazarus, S. (Eds.). (2005). Impact: Feature Issue on Meeting Transportation Needs of Youth and Adults with Developmental Disabilities 18(3). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration. Available at http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/183/default.html.
The PDF version of this Impact, with photos and graphics, is also online at http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/183/183.pdf.
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