TTI Researchers Conduct Transit Accessibility Workshops and Webinars

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 19 percent, or 56.7 million of the U.S. population, lives with some type of disability. For some of these people, basic tasks such as finding reliable means of transportation may prove difficult.

attri logoThe Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) recently designed a series of workshops and webinars aimed at gaining input on mobility and transportation technology preferences and needs from people with disabilities. The project was sponsored by the Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative, a U.S. Department of Transportation multimodal multi-agency research and development effort.

“The overall goal of this project was to ultimately enhance mobility of travelers with disabilities by providing the capability to reliably, safely and independently plan and execute their travel,” said TTI Associate Research Scientist Suzie Edrington. “So it was important to gather input from those who would benefit the most.”

The methodology developed walked participants through a hypothetical typical trip using the following five trip segments: 1) trip planning, 2) departure, 3) en-route, 4) arrival and 5) return.  These trip segments were used to show existing or emerging technologies and to help participants visualize technologies that could remove barriers to achieve reliable, safe and independent travel.

“During the hypothetical trip planning exercise, the participants provided feedback on user needs and barriers for each trip segment respective to the target population, and recommended technologies and solutions that could facilitate their travel experience with minimal/reduced disruption,” explained Edrington.

The outcome was the development of a comprehensive representation of user needs and possible technology solutions that remove barriers to transportation according to four functional disabilities: visual, hearing, cognitive and mobility.

“The importance of providing safe, reliable mobility for persons with disabilities is of critical importance as it provides them with independence and greatly enhances their quality of life,” said Edrington. “Our research provides agencies with the tools necessary to better serve those in need.”

Webinars on ADA Regulations for Transportation Providers

The Federal Transit Administration is hosting a series of six webinars to help transportation providers understand Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations for accessible transportation.

These hour-long webinars will include useful information on relevant ADA topics, tips and suggestions for compliance and accessible service, and opportunities to ask questions.

Upcoming webinars include sessions about demand responsive service requirements on March 2, 2016, transportation facilities on March 16, 2016 and motor vehicles on March 30, 2016.

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Webinar: Social Media, Accessibility and Disability Inclusion

The final session of the 2015 Accessible Technology Webinar Series will be held on Thursday, November 19, 2015 1:00 – 2:30 pm (Central Standard Time).

The webinar is being hosted by the Great Lakes ADA Center and the Pacific ADA Center.

Learn how to use social media to engage persons with disabilities and ensure you’re communicating in an accessible way.

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World Bank conducts webinar on developing disability data

The World Bank under its Social Inclusion Webinar Series conducted a webinar on “Disability and Data – What can we count on?” on 19 October, 2015

The webinar was conducted by Daniel Mont, an international expert on disability measurement and inclusive development who discussed
(1) What are known data gaps on disability, and how they can be filled?
(2) What are existing sources of data on disability?
(3) What datasets could be analyzed from disability perspective? and
(4) How can we build and use evidence for more inclusive policy and development decisions?.

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Webinar on Improving Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) made significant changes to the workforce programs administered by the Employment & Training Administration as well as the vocational rehabilitation (VR) program that have the potential to assist people with disabilities to become and remain employed.

Join this webinar on September 29, 2015 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time to learn about these changes and how the WIOA will help expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

For more information call 603-862-0165 or email

Free Webinars: Accessibility and Mobility: the Human Scale of Urban Interventions

ACCEPLAN is hosting a group of three free webinars  under the common heading ACCESIBILIDAD Y MOVILIDAD: LA ESCALA HUMANA DE LAS INTERVENCIONES URBANAS (Accessibility and mobility: the human scale of urban interventions).

For those wishing to participate, please note: they will be presented only in Spanish.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Espacio urbano a escala humana: morfología y diseño. October 15th
  • Envejecimiento en casa: implicaciones en la vida urbana. October 22nd
  • Ciudad y movilidad: infraestructuras accesibles para todos. October 29th
  • All workshops will take place at 19h CET time and last for around 1,5h.

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FEMA Webinar to Discuss Updates to Response and Recovery FIOP – August 31

FEMA is coordinating the update of the Federal Interagency Operational Plans (FIOPs) that describe how the Federal government aligns resources and delivers the core capabilities identified in the National Preparedness Goal. As part of the update process, FEMA has hosted a series of 60-90 minute engagement webinars.  This is an announcement for an additional webinar scheduled on Monday, August 31, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, EDT on the Response and Recovery FIOP.

All webinars are open to the whole community, which encompasses individuals (including those with disabilities and others with access and functional needs), businesses and nonprofits, faith-based and community groups, schools, and all levels of government.

Registration is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis.  To register,  visit

FEMA Webinar on Overnight Shelter Experience for Persons with Disabilities

There are many reasons to undertake an exercise such as the Overnight Shelter Exercise with the Disability Community, such as, the lack of appropriate and accessible services in shelters is a violation of civil rights law, but more importantly, one in five people encountered during any disaster will have a disability or about 56.7 million people, approximately 19 percent of the population, had a disability in 2010. Many first responders lack familiarity and working knowledge they require to successfully integrate all members of the community in all aspects of the work they do. The shelter exercise was an opportunity to fully exercise all aspects of evacuation in real time with community participants and gain needed capacity and competency while also learning lessons and identifying gaps in the process. Working together and exercising capacity and resources ultimately saves lives.

Learning objectives:

  • Participants will learn how to plan an overnight exercise with the disability community
  • Participants will hear about the challenges encountered in the process and learn how to overcome them
  • Participants will come away with the tools necessary to replicate this activity in the local community

These 90 minute webinars are delivered by the Pacific ADA Center using the Blackboard Collaborate webinar platform. All sessions will be captioned, recorded and archived.

Webinars begin at ET: 2.30pm, CT: 1.30pm, MT:12.30pm, PT:11.30am, Hawaii: 8.30am., July 9, 2015

This program is delivered via both webinar platform and via telephone (additional charges may apply). Real-time captioning is available via the webinar platform.

Register here to attend this webinar.

Webinar series helps health care providers better serve persons with disabilities

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has a new series of webinars to help health care providers understand CMS’ Disability-Competent Care Model.

This model helps improve the quality of health care for adults with disabilities and address barriers to getting care they may face.

Webinars will take place every Wednesday at 2 p.m. Eastern Time from May 6 – June 24, 2015.

Register online.

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Webinar on Guardianship for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities – April 29

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is hosting “Guardianship for Individuals with Intellectual Disability: Trends and Issues” on April 29, 2015 from 3 – 4 p.m. (EST).

The webinar will include an overview of guardianship policies and a discussion of how guardianship relates to issues of self-determination and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Register online.

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