NCD Report Applauds Accessible Transportation Efforts, But Calls For
Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
June 14, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC--While there have been significant improvements in accessible transportation for people with disabilities over the past three decades, much is left to be done to make such services available to all Americans, especially those in rural areas, the National Council on Disability concluded in a report issued Monday.
In its 220-page report, "The Current State of Transportation for People with Disabilities", NCD credited the passage of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act as a major milestone and for making it possible for 97 percent of the nations buses to now be accessible to wheelchair users.
Still, nearly one-third of Americans with disabilities experience barriers to accessing the transportation they need to work, seek medical treatment, shop, socialize, enjoy recreational or spiritual activities, or even leave their homes.
"It's not a matter of convenience for disabled people to have access to transportation," said NCD chairperson Lex Frieden. "It's a matter of employment or not, a matter of health care or not, sometimes a matter of education or not. It's a matter of full participation in a community or not."
"National Council on Disability Makes Transportation Recommendations for People with Disabilities" (NCD Press release)
"The Current State of Transportation for People with Disabilities" (National Council on Disability)
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"Reports Finds Inequities for Disabled in Public Transportation" (Scripps Howard News)