I’m reaching out to you today with an important policy update that YOU can influence.
In the next few months, Congress will be reauthorizing our federal surface transportation funding. This presents a CRITICAL opportunity for advocates like you and me to ensure the blind and low vision community is prioritized!
What’s the backstory, you say?
While the Americans with Disabilities Act set the standard for HOW vehicles and systems (like public transportation) should be accessible, it did NOT provide the funding to make it happen (or even require an accessible system to exist)!
People living with vision loss continue to face tremendous challenges to independence and access. And that obstacle has far-reaching implications — on everything from childcare to employment, to health care to the simpler things we take for granted, like a spontaneous dinner with friends.
Please add your name today in support of our petition to improve transit access for people who are blind or have low vision.
Adding your name will help us to send a strong message to Congress — help us reach our goal to rally 10,000 supporters in this effort!
We are excited about the Disability Access to Transportation Act. If included in the surface transportation reauthorization, it will create pilot systems focused on improving paratransit (services designed to bring accessible public transportation to people with disabilities). It will also create standards around pedestrian paths in urban, suburban, and rural communities, and so much more!
But, we won’t make progress on this important accessibility goal without your support.
Please add your name now!
Senior Advisor, Public Policy and Research