[fcb-l] Fw: October Extra: ADA Essentials
Patricia A. Lipovsky
plipovsky at cfl.rr.com
Thu Oct 21 16:04:30 GMT 2010
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> Subject: October Extra: ADA Essentials
> Dear Friend,
> Welcome to "Extra," Easter Seals Project ACTION's monthly online
> This is the October 2010 edition.
> DREDF and ESPA offer webinar on stop announcements and route
> On November 9 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern, Easter Seals Project
> and the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) will host a
> webinar on ADA stop announcement and route identification requirements,
> procedures, and technology. The session is the second in a series of seven
> based on the Topic Guides on ADA Transportation funded by the Federal
> Transit administration and developed by DREDF and TranSystems Corporation.
> The webinar site includes a registration page and information on all the
> Topic Guides-which bring together ADA and U.S. DOT ADA regulations, FTA
> determinations, and best operational practices for ADA compliance. The
> Guides also draw information from many other sources. Marilyn Golden,
> policy analyst, will present on November 9.
> Forming Partnerships with Transit course starts in November
> ESPA will offer the six-week course Forming Partnerships with Transit
> between November 29 and December 7. Forming Partnerships is designed for
> transit advocates who want to come to the transportation planning table
> better prepared to offer input that will be heard, understood, and
> incorporated into the design and implementation of transportation services
> in their communities. The course contains material to read, exercises
> designed to apply information learned, and online interaction via a
> discussion forum. The format is flexible enough to allow busy
> to log in and work at any hour of the day or night. Additional information
> is posted on the ESPA site and interested advocates may contact Rik
> Opstelten, ESPA training and technical assistance specialist, at
> FPWT at easterseals.com or (800) 659-6428. Registration deadline: November
> ESPA offers training on policies that empower transit and customers with
> Project ACTION staff will conduct a teleconference discussion on December
> from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern that explores how transit policy
> can enable or improve access for customers with disabilities. Developing
> Flexible Policies to Empower Transit and Customers with Disabilities will
> cover legal requirements for modifications to policy as well as several
> examples of ways in which flexibility can help create a more accessible
> transportation experience for customers with disabilities. Transportation
> providers, advocates, and people with disabilities interested in learning
> more about creating accessible transportation options are invited to
> participate. Donna Smith, ESPA training manager, and Ken Thompson, ESPA
> coordinator of technical and information services, will serve as
> and will address: the relationship between transit agency policies and the
> Americans with Disabilities Act; common modifications to policy to promote
> accessibility; and creating a community process for the creation of
> Registration deadline: November 29.
> ADA Essentials for Transit Board Members Handbook now available
> Easter Seals Project ACTION and the American Public Transportation
> Association are pleased to announce the availability of a new handbook
> created for public transit board members who would like to enhance their
> knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act and how the ADA affects
> transit service delivery, as well as transit vehicle and facilities
> ADA Essentials for Transit Board Members: Fundamentals of the Americans
> Disabilities Act is a 68-page, spiral-bound resource that is suited for
> only board members, but bus, rail, and paratransit staff, public
> community planners, advocates, and anyone seeking basic information on the
> ADA as it relates to public transportation.
> Copies of ADA Essentials may be ordered or downloaded through Easter Seals
> Project ACTION at
> http://projectaction.easterseals.com/site/R?i=2m6_n30e69P3ZkFteLslRw.. or
> (800) 659-6428. You may currently download the accessible PDF and/or order
> print copies. A plain text version is coming soon.
> ESPA Supports Livable Communities
> Easter Seals Project ACTION highlights accessible transportation and
> communities through a series of outreach events this Fall. Mary Leary,
> senior director, presented Planning to Enhance Livability for Everyone at
> the Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association and the
> Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers Greenways and
> Paths Leading to Connected Communities Conference in Knoxville, Tenn. on
> September 30. Rachel Beyerle, ESPA resources & publications manager, will
> participate in the October 20-22 Association of Metropolitan Planning
> Organizations (AMPO) Annual Conference in St. Louis, Mo. to present
> information on resources for planners including ESPA products and training
> related to involving people with disabilities in the planning process, bus
> stop accessibility, and accessible pathways. Additionally, a new Livable
> Communities page will be added to the ESPA Web site and a companion
> Accessible Pathways and Livable Communities Pocket Guide will be available
> soon for anyone interested in learning more about accessible routes to
> transit, considerations for planning and design, and the benefits of
> enhanced community mobility.
> Department of Justice final rules address service animals and mobility
> The U.S. Department of Justice has issued revised regulations that amend
> department's Title II and Title III rules. With the revision, both Title
> and Title III regulations adopt the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible
> Design. The revised design standards coordinate with federal standards
> implementing the Architectural
> Barriers Act and with private sector model codes adopted by most States.
> U.S. DOJ changes also address the definition of service animal and clarify
> that individuals with mental disabilities who use service animals trained
> perform specific tasks are protected under the ADA. In addition, the
> revisions draw a distinction between wheelchairs and "other power-driven
> mobility devices." Wheelchairs (and other devices designed for use by
> with mobility impairments) must be permitted in all areas open to
> use. "Other power driven mobility devices" must be permitted to be used
> unless the covered entity can demonstrate that such use would
> alter its programs, services, or activities, create a direct threat, or
> create a safety hazard. Copies of the rule and fact sheets on the
> are available through the U.S. DOJ.
> Rules will take effect March 15, 2011. Compliance with the 2010 Standards
> for Accessible Design is permitted as of September 15, 2010 and required
> starting March 15, 2012.
> Did you miss last month's Extra? Previous issues are available on the
> Web site.
> The electronic edition of the latest issue of Update, ESPA's more
> in-depth quarterly newsletter, is also available online.
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