[fcb-l] Fw: Links and documents for the ACB of FL web site
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Thu Dec 3 10:51:00 GMT 2009
Here is some info and links that pertain to the Transportation seminar we will have on Sunday. I am sending them out so if you get a chance to look them over you will be better prepared. Some of the training sessions are time limited and I don't think we will get them on the web site before the meeting.
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From: Donna Smith
To: easytalk at earthlink.net
Cc: debbiecg at verizon.net
Sent: Wednesday, December 02, 2009 2:57 PM
Subject: Links and documents for the ACB of FL web site
While trying to decide the best way to provide resource material for the upcoming transportation training this weekend, I remembered that you host the web site for the Florida ACB and there was some discussion about putting up links and documents that pertain to transportation advocacy. I'm thinking that sending you information to post will be more effective than providing a laundry list of files on a CD. It is my experience that no matter how thorough the CD resource, people still tend to not go to it when seeking information. Hopefully if it's on your web site, it will be easier for them to find the information.
Here are a few things with which we can start.
Promising Practices and Solutions in Accessible Transportation: Getting There Together
Getting There Together: Supporting Accessible Sustainable Transportation in Your Community (Introductory, Awareness Level)
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009
2 - 3 p.m. EST
The registration deadline is Dec. 2.
As part of Easter Seals Project ACTION's Promising Practices and Solutions in Accessible Transportation Series, Penny Everline, Training & Technical Assistance Specialist for Easter Seals Project ACTION, will discuss how communities can use a new, simple two-hour curriculum to bring together diverse audiences to learn about the benefits of and how to support accessible and sustainable transportation options-including transit and accessible pathways to transit. Charles Zegeer, Director of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, will share resources and training relevant to pedestrian access and connectivity to transit.
Everline's presentation will address how community's can use the Getting There Together curriculum and supporting materials to kick off community activities to support accessible sustainable transportation-including transit and accessible pathways to transit.
This simple curriculum is designed for use at any time, as a stand-alone program or as part of a larger training activity. Upon its completion, participants will:
a.. understand the universal benefits of accessible sustainable transportation (i.e., social, economic, and environmental),
b.. be familiar with accessible and sustainable transportation options in their community,
c.. be familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as it relates to public transportation,
d.. be able to conduct an environmental barrier analysis, and
e.. know how to collaborate with others to improve and strengthen existing transportation options.
Zegeer's presentation will address tools and training provided by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center relevant to pedestrian access and connectivity to transit. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center's mission is to improve the quality of life in communities through the increase of safe walking and bicycling as a viable means of transportation and physical activity.
To learn more about and to download the Getting There Together curriculum, click here:
To learn more about the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, visit the PBIC Web site at:
Though today is the deadline for registering for this event, Penny has offered to sign up anyone interested in attending. Please contact her directly at peverline at easterseals.com or 800-659-6428.
"Forming Partnerships with Transit"
Begins Monday, Jan. 25, 2010
Ends Friday, March 12, 2010
Space is limited. Applications are now being accepted until Jan. 8.
About the course
This free, six-week online training course is designed for transit advocates interested in increasing their role in the design and implementation of transportation services in the community. Over the years, an increasing emphasis has been placed on public involvement in transit planning. Combined with the requirement for coordination among programs receiving specific federal funds for transportation, the opportunity for transit advocates to gain a seat at the table for planning and implementation has grown.
This course is designed for transit advocates who want to come to the table better informed and better prepared to offer input that will be heard, understood and incorporated into the overall plan. Individuals who may find this course useful are:
a.. Disability advocates wanting to improve transportation options
b.. Human service providers involved in local transportation coordination efforts
c.. Private transportation providers seeking to get involved in coordination efforts
d.. Community advocates who wish to improve transportation options
Note: Public transportation providers are likely to already be familiar with the information presented in this course.
This online course will provide an opportunity to share experiences, ideas and knowledge with colleagues. The course contains material to read, exercises for applying learned information, and interaction via a discussion forum. The format is flexible enough to allow busy professionals to log in and work at any hour of the day or night. Participants should expect to commit to a minimum of 15 concentrated hours on the course activities over the six-week span of the course.
A limited enrollment offers an environment in which participants will get to know the course instructor as well as their peers.
The Southwest DBTAC has a great web page on ADA regulations and case law pertaining to calling out stops:
Finally, I am attaching a document that discusses the cost of providing accessible bus stops compared to the number of trips to be avoided by paratransit because of lack of access to the fixed-route system. If you can post documents to your web site, this one would be a good one for folks to download if they are interested in making the case that it is worthwhile to make bus stops accessible to people with disabilities.
I think I will wait to see where interest lies during the training session before providing additional resources. I'll make a list of things to provide while at the meeting and then get them out the following week. I'm guessing that some may want to contact me directly with specific requests.
Thanks, and let me know if you have questions.
Easter Seals Project ACTION
202-347-3066 or 800-659-6428
dsmith at easterseals.com
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