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.