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On Behalf of | Jan 11, 2022 | Americans with Disabilities Act

Summer 2021 marks the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) enactment. The act features laws and regulations that have become the standard to ensure disabled individuals have access to public facilities and transportation. President Biden co-sponsored the initial legislation of the act and commemorated the anniversary with an event in the Rose Garden. If you’re a California resident, below are some things you should know about the ADA.

The purpose of the ADA

The president states that the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act is a triumph, but there is still work to be done. Many Americans still face obstacles pertaining to accessibility in public places.

More than 30 years after the ADA went into effect, no less than 18% of US transit stations are not accessible for all individuals with disabilities, according to the Federal Transit Administration. Paratransit services are available in some areas but are not always reliable. This makes it difficult for many disabled individuals to travel to their desired destinations within their city or metropolitan area.

Advocates for individuals with disabilities want to make sure that lawmakers are working to make transportation more accessible for everyone. This will include going above federal regulations written before the advent of new technology like powered wheelchairs. Transit systems are a difficult negotiation point which makes it difficult for agencies to get the clash they need to be ADA-compliant.

Lawmakers involvement

H.R. 3684, also known as the surface transportation bill, was passed by the house in 2021 by Democratic representatives. Representatives Jim Langevin (D, R.I.) and Dina Titus (D, Nev.) introduced the bill, which will authorize $375 million over a five-year period for a pilot program for paratransit systems.

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