National Association of Area Agencies on Aging 45th Annual Conference and Tradeshow – Virtual
Transportation Sessions at the 2020 n4a Annual Conference
The 2020 n4a Virtual Conference will feature five sessions focused on transportation. Read on for details and get ready to learn about transportation best practices for your community. Plan to participate in the 8th Annual NADTC Mobility Fair, which will offer attendees an opportunity to network and share insights with your peers. You will also want to check out the NADTC Exhibit featuring the winners of this year’s Annual Photo Contest and the latest information from NADTC. We hope to see you there, virtually!
Monday, September 21
On the Ground with 5310
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Thinking about applying for the Federal Transit Administration’s Section 5310/Enhanced Mobility Program? Two perspectives will be provided by speakers from Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), the Designated Recipient of Enhanced Mobility funds for the DC MD VA urbanized area and Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services, a combined Community Services Board and Area Agency on Aging—and a recipient of Section 5310 funds. The workshop will address a number of critical issues, including:
- How Section 5310 funding can be used to support person-centered, innovative projects that fill gaps in services;
- The important role that AAAs, along with older adults and people with disabilities, play in developing the local Coordinated Plan from which 5310 funding decisions derive;
- Characteristics of a strong 5310 proposal; and
- The use of Title III B funds to meet match requirements. In addition, this workshop will explore the importance of regional collaboration, offer tips for successful capital and program operations applications, requirements of the typical grant cycle, eligible classes of vehicles, reporting requirements and much more.
- Lynn Winchell-Mendy, Grants Manager/TPB Transportation Planning, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Washington, DC
- Ray Parks, Ray Parks, Director of Aging and Transportation Services, Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services, Culpeper, VA
Tuesday, September 22
Innovative Transportation Options for Older People with Vision Loss
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Research conducted by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), including an examination of partnership programs involving public transit authorities and transportation network companies (TNCs), a survey with agencies that serve people with vision loss and interviews of older adults with vision loss, indicates that there is a lack of involvement of older riders with vision loss in transportation—and that many recommended practices for meeting the transportation needs of this population are not addressed. AFB has developed a promising practices toolkit which will be presented during this workshop. The toolkit includes lessons learned, resources and information to guide development of transportation to better meet the needs of this population.
- Neva Fairchild, National Aging and Vision Loss Specialist, American Foundation for the Blind, Carrollton, TX
- Priscilla Rogers, Special Advisor on Aging and Vision Loss, American Foundation for the Blind, Mooresburg, TN
Tuesday, September 22
engAGING Approach to Transportation and Social Engagement
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Access to transportation can have a profound impact on the quality of life of older adults. Without transportation, an individual may experience loss of independence and reduce their involvement in social activities. Connecting older adults to available transportation in their communities supports connection to essential services and their participation in life-enhancing activities and civic engagement opportunities. This workshop will highlight the importance of transportation in addressing social isolation of older adults, discuss how COVID-19 has impacted older adults and the availability of community transportation services, showcase examples of creative interventions that have the potential to counter these impacts, and discuss the possibility long term solutions to these current challenges.
- Kathleen Cortez, Program Analyst, Area Agency on Aging, County of Sonoma Human Services Department
- Jennifer Kanarek, NV Rides Manager, Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
NADTC 8th Annual Mobility Fair
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Join us for the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center’s Annual Mobility Fair. This year, we will convene a structured roundtable conversation offering participants the opportunity to share their experiences and expertise AND learn from peers. This informal discussion will touch on topics that are most relevant to the challenges facing transportation providers and communities in addressing the transportation needs of older adults and people with disabilities, including the impact of COVID-19.
- Virginia Dize, Co-Director, National Aging and Disability Transportation Center, n4a, Washington, DC
- Melissa Gray, Program Manager, National Aging and Disability Transportation Center, n4a, Washington, DC
- Heather Edmonds, Program Associate, National Aging and Disability Transportation Center, n4a, Washington, DC
- Carrie Diamond, Training & Technical Assistance Specialist, National Aging and Disability Transportation Center, Easterseals, Washington, DC
Thursday, September 24, 2020
The Intersection: Connecting Housing, Transportation, Health Care and Support Services
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Affordable housing, transportation, health care and support services all converge at “The Intersection” of Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens. The various departments collaborate to create unique partnerships in order to contribute to a livable community. AASC will illustrate how their mission, “to advocate, plan, develop, implement and promote independence with a high quality of life for healthy aging that benefits individuals and families of all ages in a sustainable, livable community” is at work in the intersection they have created with these four special programs: Senior Living Community, Four County Transit, AllCARE for Seniors – A Program of All-Inclusive Care (PACE), and the Care Coordination Department. This presentation will explain how other AAAs can form an intersection with their own individualized services in order to better navigate the route to assisting their clients, and allow time for a discussion with attendees.
- Regina Sayers, Executive Director, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens, Cedar Bluff, VA
- Brian Beck, Chief Financial Officer, Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens, Cedar Bluff, VA