A long time policy of the Veterans Administration in a partnership with the Disabled American Veterans organization does not allow mobility impaired (in wheelchairs) or Veterans using oxygen to Board the DAV-VA national transportation program vans where all other Veterans get FREE transportation to their nearest VA Medical center. I would like to ask all of the panelists to present this problem to all stakeholders and... more »
States play a major role of implementing public transit and health and human transportation. Why can the VA or Medicaid implement a program that includes transportation without any coordination, planning, or discussion with the state transportation professionals, State DOTs?
I would like to hear the panelists go low tech and discuss how walking and cycling infrastructure are a part of mobility for all. Many find cycling easier than walking so an adapted cycle can actually be an important mobility aid (and should be funded as such). The current infrastructure is inadequate for everyone, let alone an individual with challenges. For example, on a recent walk with blind and visually impaired... more »
States are charged in their Master Contracts with the FTA to perform oversight of their subrecipients transit programs. This includes accessible transit, accessible sidewalks, accessible bus stops and facilities among other things. I find, as a statewide advocate for people with disabilities that enforcement of the ADA and Title VI is lax to non-existent by states. Their subrecipients do no better with their contracted... more »
There’s been a jump in comfort animal prevalence on planes. Dander from these comfort animals can be a trigger for those with life-threatening severe asthma. What approach does the panel recommend for policy makers when those with life threatening allergies and asthma who travel on an airplane?
All of the technology solutions being studied sound amazing and the future is exciting. However, none of this will matter if people cannot afford the accessible solutions being marketed. Accessible vehicle are already very expensive and cost prohibitive for many with few funding options available. I would like to know how those creating the automated vehicles with accessibility features are also working to bring costs... more »
I represent the National MS Society and we hear from our activists that to make air travel truly accessible that they need to be able to travel in their own wheelchair when on the aircraft. How can we make air travel more accessible for those who need to be in their own wheelchair?
On the ground, it is evident that there is often a big overlap between transportation needs and mental health care needs for seniors and individuals with disabilities. FTA programs, like the Section 5310 program, provide funding that helps meet the transportation needs of these populations, but many of these folks still go unserved because transportation providers are not trained as mental health care providers. Holistic... more »
Innovative and high-tech mobility options work better when there is a complete and accessible sidewalk network to get to them. Who is making sure that the old-fashioned sidewalk is not being neglected while we chase after the latest shiny object?
In many rural areas, bus systems have eliminated paratransit...even in the cities in rural counties. How can equivalency be determined and discussed, in the simplest terms, with local transit operators and local government officials? Please cite any applicable legal references, administrator letters or guidance documents that include STRICT and CLEAR terms that could be easily understood by non-attorneys and local officials... more »
In many rural areas, coordinated transportation was started by a local government and not by a truly coordinated process involving the community. In these areas, real coordinated transit remains an undone process where local elected leaders dictate to communities rather than empowering collaboration. What steps could be taken by local and state advocates to create community collaboration and a true understanding of coordinated... more »
For many Americans with mobility disabilities new and emerging technologies have provided lower cost alternatives to traditional mobility devices. These OPDMDs' such as a Segway PT, are beneficial to those who injuries or illness prevent them from being able to sit for long periods of time. While there has been guidance from the Department of Justice issued supporting the use of such devices, there continues to be instances... more »
I would like to address this question to Secretary Chao and Secretary Carson. Transit Oriented Developments (TOD's) have been promising. However, in implementation, Housing has been built that does not meet ADA Standards for Accessible Design in some of these projects in New York state. What means does HUD have to survey and correct the lack of accessible housing in these developments and what can I do to help HUD? On... more »
Frank would like to express his appreciation of the transportation services provided by KYTC and FTSB. Frank is a member of a rural community and relies on services provided by FTSB on a weekly basis. Although grateful for the services, Frank has some concerns that he would like to share. There is a 45 minute window rule that is in place within FTSB. Frank has been told that their drivers can arrive 45 minutes prior to... more »
How do you propose breaking down barriers in funding that allow for better coordination and access to transportation services? An example being funding received through Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative for rural areas allowed for the purchase of capital equipment. A particular county received a grant that support the purchase of a vehicle in a rural county get to a veterans medical center several... more »