COVID-19 News
Are You a Transportation Agency Providing Rides to Vaccination sites? Tell Us About it!

NADTC is conducting a brief poll to identify the work transportation programs are doing to provide rides for older adults and people with disabilities going to COVID-19 vaccination sites in their community. The poll takes less than a minute to complete and we will share the results in our February eNews. Thank you!
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Technical Assistance Coordination Library
The new Transportation Technical Assistance Coordination Library (TACL) provides a sustainable and convenient online platform to access transportation coordination resources from technical assistance (TA) centers funded by the Federal Transit Administration. Participating TA centers include:

  • National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC)
  • National Center for Applied Transit Technology (N-CATT)
  • National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM)
  • National Rural Transit Assistance Program (National RTAP)
  • Shared Use Mobility Center (SUMC)

The TACL Task Force uses a systematic review process for all resources within the database, including but not limited to, research, practice, operations and planning. An informational training session is scheduled on February 23 at 2:00 PM ET.
Coming Soon! National Survey on Transportation Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

NADTC is excited to announce that our national survey on transportation diversity, equity and Inclusion will be released in a few short weeks! This survey is designed to gauge the opinions and insights of a representative sample of racially, ethnically and culturally diverse older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers about their experiences accessing and using local transportation options in the United States. If your organization or your partners serve diverse older adults or individuals (ages 18-59) living with a physical disability, we hope you will help us spread the word and encourage responses from your constituents.

Please visit our recently launched Transportation Diversity, Equity and Inclusion webpage for up-to-date information about the survey as well as related news, resource materials and activities.

If you are interested in being contacted for future partnership in our Transportation Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative or would like to know more, please email contact@nadtc.org
Critical Issues in Human Services Transportation

This information brief is based on the Fundamentals of Human Services Transportation online course offered by NADTC in the summer of 2020. The course was designed to address both best practices and transportation trends likely to impact human services transportation. The major topics covered in the course include accessibility; inclusive practices; coordination and collaboration; federal funding; and technology.
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Spotlight on NADTC's 2020 Innovations in Accessible Mobility Grantees
Our January blog highlights how the 2020 Innovations in Mobility grantees are working to implement projects that will remove barriers to transportation and expand mobility options for older adults and people with disabilities. Last fall, NADTC awarded $284,898 in competitive grants to communities within 10 states - Alabama, California, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington state.
Photo Credit: Capacity Builders, Farmington, NM
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Wheelchair Accessibility in Ridesharing Through Uber and Lyft Services

Virginia Tech has released a survey to develop a greater understanding for accessibility of rides, through mobile apps like Uber and Lyft, from the perspective of people who use wheelchairs or scooters. Eligible participants for this survey should use or have used a wheelchair or scooter in the past, for occasional or full-time use and live anywhere in the United States. If participants do not have direct experience using Uber or Lyft, Virginia Tech is still interested in perceptions of using ridesharing services.

Please take the survey and distribute to your members, the survey closes soon!
Upcoming Events
U.S. Access Board Announces Schedule for Public Forums on Inclusive Design in Autonomous Vehicles 

The U.S. Access Board will host a series of free virtual forums on making autonomous vehicles (AVs) accessible to all passengers, including people with disabilities. This four-part series will provide an open forum where members of the public and stakeholders can discuss considerations, challenges, and solutions in designing inclusive AVs.

March 10 | 2:00 PM eastern
Accessibility for Passengers with Mobility Disabilities: Entering and Exiting Vehicles

March 24 | 2:00 PM eastern
Accessibility for Passengers with Mobility Disabilities: Maneuvering and Securement in Vehicles

April 7 | 2:00 PM eastern
Communication Accessibility for Passengers with Sensory or Cognitive Disabilities

April 21 | 2:00 PM eastern
Findings, Recommendations, Future Research, and Suggested Next Steps

Each session is hosted virtually on Zoom, and open to the public. More details are available on the Access Board’s AV webpage.
#n4a2021: Save the Date!
Registration for the 2021 National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) 46th Annual Conference and Tradeshow will open on Monday, April 5. This year's Conference will offer a variety of formats to learn about and discuss innovative approaches the Aging Network has used in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, hot topics, current issues in aging, replicable programs, new opportunities for development and more. More details coming soon at n4aConference.org
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Commit to Connect Campaign
Commit to Connect is a new initiative from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to combat social isolation and loneliness in all communities. To help older adults connect and engage, ACL needs your help to build a comprehensive inventory of tools, technologies, programs and services that help older adults connect with friends, family and their community. Learn how your organization can join the campaign!
JANUARY 2021
STAY CONNECTED:
National Aging and Disability Transportation Center 
 Washington, DC 
contact@nadtc.org | 866.983.3222 
The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center is a program funded by the Federal Transit Administration and administered by Easterseals and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) with guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living.