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About Transit Planning for All

The mission of this project, sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Community Living (ACL) in collaboration with the Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration, is to demonstrate the value that inclusive processes can bring to coordinated transportation efforts.

We are developing, testing, and demonstrating ways to empower people with disabilities and older adults to be actively involved in designing and implementing coordinated transportation systems.

The project's goal is to support communities nationwide in adopting proven, sustainable, scalable, and replicable models that include participation of people with disabilities and older adults in the design and implementation of coordinated transportation systems that are responsive to their needs.

Inclusive Transportation Partnerships to Promote Community Living

Administration for Community Living

Administration for Community Living (ACL): All Americans -- including people with disabilities and older adults -- should be able to live at home with the supports they need, participating in communities that value their contributions. To help meet these needs, HHS created a new organization, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) with the goal of increasing access to community supports and full participation, while focusing attention and resources on the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities. ACL includes the efforts and achievements of the Administration on Aging, the Office on Disability and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities in a single agency, with enhanced policy and program support for both cross-cutting initiatives and efforts focused on the unique needs of individual groups such as children with developmental disabilities, adults with physical disabilities, or older adults, including older adults with Alzheimer's.

Community Transportation Association: Our vision of America's public and community transportation future -- the cause that we serve -- is based upon fundamental values that are as old as the nation itself. Freedom, independence, dignity and choice are as much at the heart of the debate for building an accessible society as they have been in building a free society. There is never an end to the work to create a free society, and there will never be an end to our work to build a more mobile society. A society that now includes a growing population of older adults needs new and expanded community transportation alternatives. Communities with staggering air quality problems and ground congestion need improved public and community transportation alternatives. Areas and communities that have been abandoned or which are in decline need public and community transportation options as part of their renewal efforts. Effective public and community transportation contributes mightily to the quality of life of the people living in the cities, towns and communities in which it operates.

Institute for Community Inclusion

For over 50 years, the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) has worked to ensure that people with disabilities have the same opportunity to dream big, and make their dreams a fully included, integrated, and welcomed reality. As a leader not only in Massachusetts, but also nationally and internationally, ICI strives to create a world where all people with disabilities are welcome and fully included in valued roles wherever they go, whether a school, workplace, volunteer group, home, or any other part of the community. All of ICI's efforts stem from one core value: that people with disabilities are more of an expert than anyone else. Therefore, people with disabilities should have the same rights and controls and maintain lives based on their individual preferences, choices, and dreams.

ICI projects and programs involve local, state, and national agencies, schools, institutes of higher education, national service programs, rehabilitation providers, multicultural organizations, employers, and many others. All of these partnerships work to further goals of independence and inclusion.

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a): n4a is the leading voice on aging issues for Area Agencies on Aging and a champion for Title VI Native American aging programs. Through advocacy, training and technical assistance n4a's primary mission is to build the capacity of its members to help older persons and persons with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible.

DJB Evaluation Consulting LLC.

DJB Evaluation Consulting LLC., based in Rockville, Maryland, is dedicated to assisting its clients with strategic planning, performance monitoring and evaluation. David J. Bernstein, Ph.D., leads DJB Evaluation. Dr. Bernstein's programmatic focus includes evaluation of human services transportation and other services for people with disabilities and older adults. He has more than 30 years of professional experience in evaluation, performance measurement, strategic planning, quantitative and qualitative analysis methods, and public administration. Dr. Bernstein is Past President of Washington Evaluators, an American Evaluation Association (AEA) affiliate. He was the 2017 AEA Conference Program Co-Chair. In addition to Transit Planning for All/Inclusive Transportation Partnerships to Promote Community Living, Dr. Bernstein provides evaluation services and technical assistance for the National Center for Mobility Management (funded by the Federal Transit Administration) and is the Director of Evaluation for the General Conference on Religion and Race of the United Methodist Church.


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