Transportation services may be defined as those activities designed to assist a person with disabilities or older adult to travel from one place to another to obtain services or carry out life’s activities. Transportation services may include the provision of bus or subway passes, paratransit, taxi services, travel training, transportation voucher programs, volunteer transportation programs, and shared ride services, such as Uber or Lyft. Affordable and reliable transportation is essential as it gives people with disabilities and older adults access to important opportunities in education, employment, healthcare, and community participation. There are several laws that address transportation access for people with disabilities and older adults, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Air Carrier Access Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
Do you want to learn more about research related to transportation services? NARIC’s information specialists searched the NIDILRR Program Directory and found 13 NIDILRR-funded projects that have research and development activities related to transportation for people with disabilities. They also searched REHABDATA and found over 900 articles on transportation services from the NIDILRR community and beyond.
Do you want to learn about the transportation options available for people with disabilities and older adults in your community? Eldercare Locator at the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) published a brochure, Transportation Options for Older Adults and People with Disabilities, which introduces readers to community transportation services and provides information to consider when making transportation decisions. It is intended to help readers navigate transportation services in their communities.
Do not forget to contact NARIC’s information specialists to learn more about transportation services and to obtain referrals to transportation services in your area.