NADTC Celebrates the ADA
The 32nd Anniversary of the ADA is July 26!
The ADA, passed in 1990, is a comprehensive federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Everyday, NADTC acknowledges and celebrates the accomplishments of people with disabilities and the human services transportation providers that support them. NADTC has produced several reports and blogs centered around the ADA and showcases the amazing efforts of transportation providers around the country.
[THEN] Disability advocates chain themselves to a bus during a protest for equal access
[NOW] A rider in a wheelchair boards the bus
July 26th marks the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and serves as a way to acknowledge Disability Pride Month and the amazing progress that has been made for the lives of people with disabilities.

On July 26 at 2 pm EST, the U.S. DOT and Transportation Secretary Buttigieg will host a virtual celebration of Disability Pride Month and the 32nd anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act. The event will include a presentation on the Department’s recently issued Air Passengers with Disabilities Bill of Rights as well as other exciting developments in transportation that benefit people with disabilities.
NADTC Announcements
Congratulations Jeremy Johnson-Miller!
During the past year, Jeremy completed the required coursework and successfully passed the final exam to become a Certified ADA Coordinator. This certification allows NADTC staff to provide top-notch technical assistance and guidance to older adults and people with disabilities, ensuring transportation programs are accessible for all users.

Facilitated by the Great Plains ADA Center and Accredited by the University of Missouri, the ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program (ACTCP) provides foundational knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Featured NADTC Resources & Events
Coming Soon: NADTC's 2022 Photo Contest

NADTC is excited to announce that our sixth annual Photo Contest will launch in August! We are seeking photos that shine a light on how your transportation program meets the needs of older adults and people with disabilities in your community.

NADTC will award first, second and third place winners plus honorable mention winners. All winning applicants will be displayed on NADTC's website, social media channels and publications.

Stay tuned for more information!
Communication and Coordination Key to Transportation Equity
On July 13 in Austin, Texas, NADTC hosted a Post-Conference Forum on Transportation Partnerships and Practices in Advancing Transportation Equity following the USAging Annual Conference and Tradeshow. Nearly three dozen attendees heard from a panel of transportation experts in Texas about their promising equity and partnership practices. Panelists discussed the role diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) plays in committees, access, and targeted outreach. Panelists provided examples of successful engagement strategies like collaborating with libraries, the Union of Black Pastors, and human services agencies working with racial, ethnic, and immigrant populations.

Creation of a full-time position for community engagement and a commitment to equity “one person, one community at a time,” implemented by a public transit agency, were discussed as promising practices.

Additional information about this and other transportation sessions presented at the USAging Annual Conference will be available soon on the conference website.  
Join us for a Twitter Chat!

Join us on October 11, 2022 from 2:00-3:00 PM ET for an #AllOnboard4MentalHealth Twitter Chat that will discuss best practices and equitable strategies for serving riders with mental health issues, including dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. The chat will be moderated by Heather Edmonds and Jane Mahoney of the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC), Angie Jones, District Manager, Grant County Transportation District (People Mover), along with National RTAP staff.
NADTC Report Spotlight
Best Practices Compendium
NADTC continues to highlight one of the best practices featured in the Best Practices Compendium, all of which are based on the work of grant projects supported by NADTC, from 2017-2019.

This month’s Best Practice Showcase, Transportation Call Centers and Information & Referral/Assistance, points out that NADTC Grantees used different approaches to develop call centers to provide riders with a single number to call when they need to arrange transportation. The Learnings section identifies the benefits, potential functions and funding sources that may be used to support call center operations.
2021 Section 5310 Spotlight

Each month, NADTC will highlight one informational brief that is featured in the 2021 FTA Section 5310 Compendium. This publication showcases the various uses of FTA Section 5310 Funding, including examples implemented by human services agencies and transportation programs across the United States.

July's spotlight, Section 5310 and Cycling without Age Program introduces a unique program for older adults and people with disabilities, to get outside and be active using a trishaw bike. This report highlights the Make the Ride Happen program in Wisconsin that allows users to enjoy the ride, rather than peddling, bringing joy and vitality back into their lives through biking.
2021 Trends Report
NADTC published its Annual Trends Report that reviews trending topics in transportation from 2021. The Trends Report provides an overview of what’s happening in the industry and important transportation issues in communities across the U.S. This month, we are focusing on rural community engagement.

June's spotlight, Rural Community Engagement, highlights the importance of connecting with your riders and human service agencies to improve or enhance transportation for the community. This informational brief discusses challenges and potential strategies to engage the public and presents local examples of how to overcome the challenges of community engagement for more successful outcomes.
FTA Announcements
FTA is Hiring a Transportation Program Analyst!
The Federal Transit Administration's Office of Program Management is hiring a Transportation Program Analyst, based in Washington, DC. The qualified candidate will assist in the management of competitive and formula grant programs and oversight of FTA's Technical Assistance centers that support urban and rural transit programs across the country. Experience analyzing and implementing grants, as well as transit industry knowledge, is a plus. Click here for additional details and how to apply.
U.S. DOT's Thriving Communities Initiative
The U.S. DOT's Equity Action Plan addresses four focus areas - wealth creation, power of community, interventions and expanding access to how transportation programs are delivered. As a key component of the Equity Action Plan, the U.S. DOT has established the Thriving Communities Initiative. This program will provide technical assistance, in partnership with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and support under-resourced communities to identify, develop and deliver transformative transportation projects; including community planning and development of infrastructure projects that increase affordable transportation options, enhance economic opportunity, reduce environmental burdens, improve quality of life, and provide much needed benefits to underserved communities.

A newly developed resource through this initiative, the DOT Navigator, is a one-stop-shop to access an array of resources across the Department that are designed to provide technical assistance and help grantees navigate the grant application, transportation planning, project delivery, funding and financing, and implementation processes. The navigator will provide new grantees valuable insights and fact-sheets to understand the key requirements for successful applications.
U.S. DOT's Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program
The U.S. DOT is now accepting applications for the Reconnecting Communities Pilot (RCP) Discretionary Grant Program. Established under President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to assist and reconnect communities that were previously cut off from economic opportunities by transportation infrastructure, such as highways and rail lines. RCP funding supports planning and/or capital construction or rehabilitation grants, and technical assistance, to restore community connectivity through innovative solutions like high-quality public transportation, infrastructure removal, and main street revitalizations projects. Applications are due October 13, 2022.
Partner Resources
Mobility Management Connections
Mobility Management Connections (MMC) is a free resource designed as a virtual community to share ideas and strategies with other mobility management professionals around the country. MMC serves as a way to build transportation industry connections and work together to improve mobility and transportation access in their communities.
Report: Higher Education Practices to Prepare Future Transportation Professionals
The National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM) has released an informational brief examining Higher Education Practices to Prepare Future Transportation Professionals Regarding Disability, Accessibility, and Mobility Management. This report provides an overview of the NCMM study that analyzed higher education programs for the integration of disability-related content into its curriculum. The brief includes recommendations for the inclusion of disability-related content into future coursework, as well as encouraging the recruitment and retention of individuals with disabilities into the transportation industry.
Upcoming Events
Happy 87th Anniversary to Social Security!
August 14 marks the 87th anniversary of the Social Security Act, signed into law by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Social Security provides older adults and people with disabilities with basic financial support to help them remain living in their homes and engaged in their communities.

If you or a loved one need additional information and resources on Social Security programs and benefits, contact the Eldercare Locator at 1-800-677-1116 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET, Monday-Friday or by visiting their website.
Celebrate National Senior Citizens Day on August 21
On August 21, 1988, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed Senior Citizens Day as a national holiday to raise awareness about issues that affect older adults and their quality of life. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by the year 2035, there will be 78 million people 65 years and older.

NADTC recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of older adults in their communities. Visit NADTC's website to learn more about our training and technical assistance, and to access helpful resources and materials for older adults!
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 866.983.3220 or email us at to start a conversation today.
National Aging and Disability Transportation Center 
 Washington, DC | 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.