Administration for Community Living logo: more inclusive processes lead to more successful outcomes

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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.

Easter Seals

Easter Seals: Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. For over twenty-four years, Easter Seals has furthered accessible transportation for people with disabilities of all ages. Currently, Easter Seals' activities in the accessible transportation area include a number of Federal grants that provide technical assistance, training, outreach, and applied research including Easter Seals National Aging and Disability Transportation Center which is in partnership with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and other specific grant activities supporting Veterans Transportation, Open Government Online Innovations, Mobility Management, and Travel Training.

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.


Westat: Westat is an employee-owned research corporation serving Federal, state, local, and international government agencies, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and foundations. In addition to our capabilities as a leading survey research and data collection and analysis organization, Westat has extensive skill and experience in evaluation, strategic planning, performance measurement, and quantitative/qualitative research methods across a broad range of subject areas, including mobility management, coordinated transportation, and transportation services for people with disabilities and older adults. Westat offers a full-range of research and evaluation services to meet our clients' needs, including evaluation and research planning and design, implementation, data analysis, and reporting for process, formative, and impact evaluation of programs and services at various stages of development. We also provide research and evaluation capacity building, training, and technical assistance.


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