Access For Individuals With Disabilities
What job/service access barriers present the greatest challenges for people with disabilities in our region?
SAFE PEDESTRIAN ACCESS
Weather conditions, long distances from transit stops, deteriorating sidewalks, and busy intersections are factors that can create unsafe pedestrian pathways.
LACK OF ON-DEMAND TRIP SCHEDULING
The lack of on-demand paratransit services can make it difficult for a disabled person to secure a ride for an unplanned transportation need.
TIME MANAGEMENT RE: TRIP LENGTHS
Providers of paratransit services can often overlook the fact that their service is about ‘delivering people’.
UNINFORMED TRIP DECISION-MAKERS AND RIDER SAFETY
Agencies responsible for approving paratransit trips do not understand that the transportation needs of people with disabilities are not a ‘one size fits all’.
DIFFICULT TO FIND INFORMATION
People will only use a given transportation option if they know it’s available and what is required to use it. Additionally, misinformation about transportation options and what is required to use them can discourage people from pursuing future utilization.
FINDING A BALANCE BETWEEN THE COSTS TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION AND THE COSTS TO USE TRANSPORTATION
The costs associated with providing transportation make it difficult to ensure accessible transportation is available and affordable for people with disabilities.
TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE AND COORDINATE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS
Innovative technology can be developed to improve not only public transit and paratransit trip data collection and analysis, but also the overall mobility experience for its users.
How can access to jobs and services for people with disabilities be improved in our region?
ATWIC facilitates discussions between human services, workforce development, and transportation agencies as a means of identifying job/services access barriers faced by our region’s disabled population and developing practical ways to alleviate them. Many different strategies, such as those listed below, are a few examples of how all levels of access can be greatly improved when the right parties join forces to secure funding and implement creative solutions.
- Provide same-day service
- Expand hours of operation for paratransit
- Expand paratransit service parameters
- Expand transportation voucher program
- Provide new feeder service to bus, rail, etc.
- Support volunteer driver, aide, or escort program
- Provide door-to-door/through-the-door assistance to riders
- Disseminate information about transportation services
- Provide travel training and instruction
- Provide trip-planning services
- Enhance a transportation network's 'ease of use' through mobility mgmt efforts
- Purchase and install equipment in order to provide greater accessibility
- Improve and enhance transportation infrastructure
- Acquire and utilize technology to enhance transportation modes
- Subsidize purchase of accessible vehicles
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