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05 May 23

Transportation Supports Behavioral Health Access for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

Transportation providers serving older adults, people with disabilities, and caregivers understand that transportation is vital to the health of their riders, but often health is thought of in broad terms, and mental or behavioral health gets overlooked. Yet statistics show that behavioral health, a term which encompasses both mental health and substance use disorders (SUDs),…

14 Apr 23

Employee Engagement

Acknowledging the efforts and appreciating the contributions of an employee in the workplace can boost morale, increase job satisfaction and productivity. When employers create a welcoming environment and treat their employees as part of a team, that positive energy can be felt by riders, community providers or partner agencies. This blog will cover some fundamental…

14 Apr 23

Accessible Public Transportation During Disaster: A Lifeline for People with Disabilities

Guest Blogger – Tracey Shifflett serves as the Strategic Communication Specialist for the FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC). She works with agency leadership and subject matter experts, as well as disability stakeholders and interagency partners, to provide information and resources that help people with disabilities before, during and after disasters. Reach her…

02 Mar 23

Access Matters: Adding Accessibility to Your DEI Work

Transportation plays a critical role in a person’s ability to access the services, programs, jobs, and support they need to live in their communities. A Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strategy for a transportation agency is stronger when it is truly reflective of our community and services are usable and accessible to all people. Accessibility…

31 Jan 23

NADTC’s Focus on Family Caregiving and Transportation

There are 53 million caregivers in the United States who are providing, on average, 24 hours a week of support for their loved ones[1]. NADTC’s most recent online course focused on the important role caregivers have in managing transportation, including the indirect impacts that transportation, or lack thereof, can have on caregivers and the importance…

29 Nov 22

Older Driver Safety Awareness Week 2022

Guest Blogger – Jane Rath serves as the Project Director for the Clearinghouse on Older Road User Safety (ChORUS).  She works closely with NHTSA, the ChORUS subject matter experts and other partners to increase awareness and enhance services and programs aimed at improving older road user safety. Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, December 5-9, 2022,…

18 Oct 22

A Ride to Independence: Kyle’s Story

Transportation allows individuals with disabilities to achieve and sustain employment, and as employment opportunities expand for people with disabilities to work in integrated settings, transportation services to these jobs become even more important.  While Medicaid waiver programs often cover transportation costs, some communities struggle to provide reliable transportation options afterhours or to employment outside of…

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 its…