Disability Rights Advocates Call for Transportation Equity
March 1, 2012 - by Sandy Thomas
At a recent briefing on Capitol Hill, civil rights, human rights, and disability rights advocates discussed how federal transportation policies can be improved to meet the needs of one of the nation’s most transit-dependent communities: people with disabilities.
Co-hosted by The Leadership Conference Education Fund and The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the February 23 briefing coincided with ongoing negotiations around the current surface transportation bill in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Many transportation equity advocates have opposed the most recent House version of the bill, saying it would severely limit access to affordable and accessible public transportation and safe roadways for the most transit-dependent communities, including people with disabilities.