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?
Panel 1: Access and Mobility for All: An Interagency Mission
In funding priorities, do Federal agencies have any plans to encourage applicants to demonstrate how they are coordinating their work with other agencies? For instance, could a requirement in a grant application from USDA or HUD be to partner with DOT stakeholders? this would encourage coordination/collaboration at the state and local levels.
Transit relies on extensive information that has been difficult to make efficiently available to individuals with impaired vision or other disabilities. Yet, the Americans with Disabilities Act requires transit providers to ensure that passengers can access and use their systems. Technologies that use automated systems and on-demand remote assistance are now available to provide real-time access to information like location... more »
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 »
In addition to innovation and benefits, we also need to be aware of barriers and what we are doing to overcome those challenges. What transportation barriers have you found most impact your network, and can you share with us a transportation coordination success story or promising practice your agency would like to see replicated?
With accessibility in rural areas a priority for this Administration, the importance of Medicaid-supported Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) trips as a match for federal Section 5311 rural transit funding is not well-understood beyond the transit industry. It's only more urgent as waivers for states to avoid supporting NEMT service altogether have been considered. How can we ensure this essential program continues... more »
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?
When the CIL program was under RSA there was an agreement to allow CIL Federal Funding as matching funds for 5310 grants. When will ACL allow this?
Let’s start with the importance of transportation: It connects Americans to their communities leading to the stimulation of economic opportunity and individual growth. What innovations has your agency undertaken to enable interagency coordination and promote more efficient transportation for people with disabilities, older adults, and people of low income?
The challenges related to interagency alignment of transportation policy are not unique to the United States. Has your agency looked at case studies of how peer countries govern human service transportation effectively across federal agencies?
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 »
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?
What R&D Projects currently underway are potentially scaleable to serve the Older Adult population? Provide timelines for potential implementation and what level(s) of government would be involved and or the private sector.
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 »