does ADA stand for? ADA is
Americans with Disabilities Act. On
July 26, 1990, President George Bush signed into law the Americans With
Disabilities Act (ADA) – the most significant piece of civil rights
legislation to be enacted within the last 25 years.
The ADA makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of disability
in areas of employment, public services, public transportation and
authorities that operate fixed route must provide comparable Para transit
services to those individuals who are unable to use fixed route bus
service. The regulations
specify when this service is required, eligibility criteria for the Para
transit service; the level of service, which must be provided; and
standards for certain aspects of operation.
Definition of ADA eligibility as Defined by Law!
Any individual with a disability who is unable, as the result of a
physical or mental impairment (including a vision impairment), and
without the assistance of another individual (expect the operator of the
wheelchair lift or other boarding assistance), to board, ride, or
disembark from the vehicle on the system which is readily accessible to
and usable by individuals with disabilities.
II. Any individual with a disability who needs the assistance of a wheelchair lift or other boarding assistance device and is able, with such assistance, to board, ride, and disembark from any vehicle which is readily accessible to and usable by individual with disabilities if the individual wants to travel on a route on a system during the hours of operation of the system at a time, or within a reasonable period of such a time, when such a vehicle is not being used to provide designated public transportation on the route.
An individual is eligible under this paragraph with respect to
travel on an otherwise accessible route on which the boarding or
disembarking location, which the individual would use, is one at which
boarding or disembarking from the vehicle is precluded.
An individual using a common wheelchair is eligible under this
paragraph if the individual’s wheelchair cannot be accommodated on an
existing vehicle (e.g. because the vehicle’s lift does not meet the
standards), even if that vehicle is accessible to other individuals with
the disabilities and their mobility wheelchairs.
III. Any individual with a disability who has a specific impairment-related condition which prevents such individual from traveling to a boarding location or from a disembarking location on such system.
Only a specific impairment-related condition that prevents the
individual from traveling to a boarding location or from a disembarking
location is a basis for eligibility under this paragraph.
A condition, which makes traveling to boarding locations or from a
disembarking location difficult for a person with a specific
impairment-related condition than for an individual who does not have the
condition, but does not prevent the travel, is not basis for eligibility
under this paragraph.
Architectural barriers not under the control of the public entity
providing fixed route service and environmental barriers (e.g., distance,
terrain, weather) do not, standing alone, form the basis for eligibility
under this paragraph. The
interaction of such barriers with an individual’s specific
impairment-related condition may form a basis for eligibility under this
paragraph, if the effect is to prevent the individual from traveling to a
boarding location or form a disembarking location.
found in RTA rider’s guide – Accessibility Handbook for
you have any questions please feel free to call Blindness Support Services
at (909) 341-8025. Or, e-mail the Orientation and Mobility
Department at BSSmobile@aol.com