Impact Feature Issue on Meeting Transportation Needs of Youth and Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Let the ADA Give You a Lift!
Do you have a disability? Do you have places to go? The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) gives you the right to:
- Use any public bus or rail system.
- Request route and service information in a format you can use.
- Stand on a lift if you cannot use the steps of the bus or train.
- Expect that all lifts and other accessible equipment be kept in good working order.
- Use a “common wheelchair” or other mobility aid to board a bus or train.
- Have stops, major streets, and intersections called out along the route.
- Ride the bus or train seated in your own mobility aids.
- Have securement devices made available to you.
- Travel with guide dogs or other service animals that are not disruptive or dangerous to others.
- Travel without a personal attendant or aide.
- Travel with any necessary equipment or devices, such as respirators or portable oxygen tanks.
- Ample time to get on and off a bus or rail car.
- Get on and off a bus or train at any regular stop where a lift can be safely used.
- Receive courteous, respectful assistance.
- File complaints with the transportation provider, if necessary.
Adapted and reprinted with permission from Easter Seals Project ACTION.