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

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Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee

Knoxville-Knox County Community Action CommitteeThe goal of the Knoxville-Knox Community Action Committee (CAC) Inclusive Coordinated Transportation (ICT) project was to overcome communication barriers experienced by people with disabilities while they use public transportation. The Knoxville team believed that the use of a tablet-based software application could facilitate communication between driver and seniors and people with disabilities. The project goal was determined though learning and experience working on previous grants, communication with the field, and analyzing data obtained through numerous community forums. Knoxville-Knox recognized that mobility and transportation are key elements of staying active in the community for the aging population, especially as a majority of seniors choose to age in place. In 2013, The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee (CAC) was one of seventeen projects awarded a demonstration grant from the U.S Administration for Community Living to gather information on barriers to inclusivity in area transportation planning efforts for residents who are older and/or have disabilities - specifically intellectual and developmental disabilities - and which inhibit their use of public transportation.