Travel & Transportation
As time passes, choices in transportation methods increase for individuals with disabilities. Drivers with disabilities can rent cars and vans with hand controls and wheelchair lifts. Fixed route systems, paratransit, and commuter system are more accessible today than ever. Travelers with disabilities can choose planes, trains, and automobiles in deciding the preferred mode for business or pleasure.
Even though there are more opportunities today, it does not mean that the various methods of travel do not need improving. Strong vigilance and active participation in transportation systems are needed in order to improve and expand transportation opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Transportation is a key factor in advancing the independence of people with disabilities and UCP is committed to advocating for accessible transportation for all people.
Other Helpful Resources
TSA Disability Travel Hotline
Travelers may call TSA Cares toll free at 1-855-787-2227 prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint. TSA Cares will serve as an additional, dedicated resource specifically for passengers with disabilities, medical conditions or other circumstances or their loved ones who want to prepare for the screening process prior to flying.
Easter Seal’s Project Action promotes universal access to transportation for people with disabilities under federal law and beyond by partnering with transportation providers, the disability community and others through the provision of training, technical assistance, applied research, outreach and communication.
The ADA and Public Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration works to ensure nondiscriminatory transportation in support of our mission to enhance the social and economic quality of life for all Americans. The Office of Civil Rights is responsible for civil rights compliance and monitoring to ensure nondiscriminatory provision of transit services.