New! NADTC Publication
Best Practices Compendium

The Best Practices Compendium is a compilation of the lessons learned by the 16 grant programs funded by NADTC from 2017 through 2019. This publication captures both the “how to” elements of creating specific innovations and the learned experiences of the grantees in introducing a new program or service in diverse communities. NADTC is proud to offer this resource to the field of transportation for older adults and people with disabilities.
NADTC News
NADTC’s National Survey Highlights Transportation Access, Usage and Disparities That Impact Diverse Groups

In a National Convening held earlier this month, NADTC released highlights from its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Survey, which gauged opinions from racially, ethnically and culturally diverse older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers about their experiences accessing and using local transportation options in the United States. Learn more about the initial findings and view the survey highlights.

NADTC partnered with V&L Research and Consulting, Inc., a minority and woman-owned Atlanta Georgia marketing research firm with extensive transportation and multicultural research experience, to conduct the national survey.
 
Photo Credit: Township of Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, IL
National Advisory Committee on Transportation Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Member Spotlight: Karyne Jones

NADTC's Advisory Committee on Transportation Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plays a pivotal role in helping NADTC support and work with communities to ensure that transportation services are both equitable and accessible. Each month we are featuring a committee member and highlighting their organization in our eNews.
Karyne Jones is the CEO and President of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, a national organization that focuses on issues impacting African Americans age 50 and older. NCBA supports older adults in the areas of employment, health and wellness and affordable housing and most recently launched the COVID-19 Vaccine Education and Equity Project, in which NCBA is a convener. The NCBA celebrated its 51st anniversary in 2021.
Upcoming NADTC Events
Register Now for NADTC's New Online Course! 

NADTC's new online course, COVID-19 Recovery and Transportation, aims to address the impact of the pandemic on accessible transportation for older adults and people with disabilities, addressing both the challenges and successful moments in these uncertain circumstances. The course begins on October 18, followed by four weeks of learning material. Register by October 1 to claim your spot!
Transportation Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lunch & Learn: Tribal Transit

Please join us for our next Transportation Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lunch & Learn on October 19, 2021 from 12:30-1:00 pm ET. This session will feature Ranjit Godavarthy and Jeremy Mattson of North Dakota State University as they provide a summary of the Tribal Transit Study: Demographic Needs Indicators, Funding Needs, and Livability, published by the Small Urban and Rural Center on Mobility (SURCOM).
 
This presentation will examine the demographics of tribal communities that relate to transportation needs, geographic characteristics that create challenges in meeting those needs, trends in tribal transit operations and funding and the role of transit in livability and quality of life in tribal communities in the United States.
Office Hours: Innovative Approaches to Communicate with Individuals with Dementia

NADTC Office Hours are focused on enhancing training and technical assistance opportunities and offers an opportunity to interact with your peers, subject matter experts and NADTC Staff. Our next Office Hours call, which will focus on ways to better serve customers with dementia, will be held on October 28 from 2:00-3:00 pm ET.

Participants will hear from dementia care educator, skills-building coach and community speaker, Heather Comstock on accommodating people with dementia through the mindful use of "cognitive communicative ramps." There will also be time for discussion and dialogue. Attendance will be capped at 30 participants, so RSVP to Carrie Diamond to claim your space!
Trends Report Spotlight
Transportation for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
 
This summer NADTC released a Transportation Trends Report, which reviews 2020’s trending topics in transportation. The Trends Report provides an overview of what’s trending in the industry and important transportation issues in communities across the U.S. This month, we are focusing on transportation for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
 
In this spotlight, NADTC highlights strategies to assist transportation providers with the planning and implementation of coordinated transportation systems for individuals with I/DD and their caregivers. 
Events
Join TACL’s Twitter Chat on October 20!
 
Join TACL for a #LetsTACLcoordination Twitter Chat on October 20 from 2:00-3:00 pm ET, to discuss challenges, solutions and resources for transportation coordination. The chat will be moderated by Heather Edmonds, Program Associate, NADTC; Melissa Gray, Assistant Director, Transportation, USAging; and Marcela Moreno, Transit Technologist, National Center for Applied Transit Technology. 
Resources
Funding Opportunity: Emergency Rural Health Care Grants USDA is making up to $500 million available in grants to help tribes and communities expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, health care services, and nutrition assistance. Deadline: October 12, 2021

Funding Opportunity: Community Mobility Ready-to-Launch Grants The National Center for Mobility Management is accepting applications for its Ready-to-Launch Grants. For more information contact Will Reckley, reckley@ctaa.org. Deadline: October 15, 2021
 
Funding Opportunity: American Rescue Plan Additional Assistance FTA announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity for $2.2 billion in competitive grant funding for transit systems demonstrating additional pandemic-associated needs. Applications must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov. Deadline: November 8, 2021
 
Resource: Bankrate created an online guide to help older adult drivers and passengers travel more safely during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The guide includes medical considerations for older adults getting back on the road, car maintenance and sanitation tips, accessories and apps to support older adult driving and safety information for alternate forms of transportation. 
NADTC Information and Referral Services
NADTC Technical Assistance Specialists are here to assist you and answer your questions about a variety of topics related to transportation for older adults and people with disabilities, ADA-accessible services and related issues. Call us at 866.983.32220 or email us at contact@nadtc.org to start a conversation today.
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 USAging and Easterseals with guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living.