ADA Certified???

 

What 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 telecommunications.

 

Transit 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.

 

The Definition of ADA eligibility as Defined by Law!

 

I.  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.

 

a.   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.

 

b.   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. 

 

 

a.   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.

 

b.  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.

 

*Information found in RTA rider’s guide – Accessibility Handbook for Seniors/Disabled. 

 

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