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29 Aug 22

Reaching Out to the Hispanic Community

Guest Blogger—Sarah McGowan, Director of Programs and Mobility for All, Dulles Area Transportation Association (DATA). Learn more about DATA’s bilingual volunteer recruitment and outreach project at www.facebook.com/mobilitynetworksdata or contact her at smcgowan@datatrans.org. Dulles Area Transportation Association (DATA) is a Reston, Virginia-based nonprofit with a long history of conceiving and implementing niche transportation projects. It attributes…

29 Jul 22

Can I Cross the Street? Considerations for a Blind Pedestrian

An Interview with Dona Sauerburger, COM This interview was conducted by NADTC staff Ken Thompson with Dona Sauerburger.  Dona is a certified orientation and mobility (O&M) specialist, providing O&M to adults in their communities in Maryland and DC. She has had a special interest in preparing people who are blind or have low vision to…

16 Jun 22

Out of Reach for Access to Care

Telehealth was perhaps the most positive outcome of COVID-19. When cities and states announced stay-at-home mandates, telehealth became a critical path to maintaining our nation’s health. Still, telehealth could not answer such in-person medical needs as dialysis, cancer treatment, surgical treatment, and even some  behavioral health therapy, including substance use treatment. This became particularly true…

19 May 22

West Virginians are Connecting Downstream Health Problems to Upstream Issues…and Providing Recommendations to Transportation Planners Along the Way

After reading the title of this blog, you might be wondering what ‘downstream’ and ‘upstream’ have to do with transportation.  These are common terms in the public health world to describe two different approaches to community health improvement. When looking at an upstream intervention, we’re talking about measures that can be taken before a health…

05 May 22

ACL Programs Support Transportation Accessibility for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

Guest Blogger – Victoria Wright, Program Manager, Transit Planning for All Project, U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL).   The Administration for Community Living (ACL) focuses on maximizing the independence, well-being, and health of older adults, people with disabilities across the lifespan, and their families and caregivers. ACL’s vision for all people, regardless of age and…

29 Apr 22

What Have We Learned From the COVID Pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly changed how we live, work, and connect with our communities and family. The pandemic has tremendously altered how transit and human services transportation programs provide services and support their communities. As I struggled to think of an interesting way to express what human services transportation providers and public transit gained…

23 Mar 22

Do you Want to Tackle Transportation Coordination? Then Tackle TACL!

Guest Blogger – Cara Marcus, MSLIS, the Resource Center Manager for National RTAP and the Chair of the TACL Task Force.         What is TACL? You’ve definitely heard about transportation coordination – and your agency may be in the planning, implementation, or management stage.  But have you heard about TACL?  Don’t worry if…

24 Feb 22

E-Bikes Increase Mobility Access for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

Guest Blogger – Mitch LaRosa is the Chief Development Officer at Shared Mobility Inc. Mitch’s work focuses on developing new, innovative shared-use transportation solutions that prioritize community-control and inclusivity. Feel free to reach out and email him at mitch@sharedmobility.org. In the summer of 2020, during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, Shared Mobility Inc. (SMI), a NY-based…

03 Feb 22

Put the Brakes on Human Trafficking

What is Human Trafficking? Human trafficking is generally understood to be the recruitment, harboring, transporting, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services through force, fraud our coercion, and has become the fastest growing enterprise in the world, creating a multi-billion dollar a year criminal industry. Since its inception in 2010, the President…