Transportation Options Equals Employment for People with Disabilities
In the month of October Americans across the United States are recognizing the importance and contributions of individuals with disabilities in the workforce. National Disability Employment Awareness Month is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. After 70 years of education on the values of inclusion in the workforce, this year’s theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.”
Ann Storck Center, Inc. (ASC) is proud to be an organization that encourages the growth of its employees with disabilities. ASC’s mission is to give people with disabilities opportunities to discover their abilities and build independence. One of its goals is to assist individuals with disabilities to conquer transportation barriers. ASC’s mission to build independence is not limited to those who receive their services and can include staff that may have a disability. ASC is giving individuals with disabilities, regardless of status, the opportunities to discover their abilities and build independence by providing access to employment, recreation, medical appointments and other life sustaining services by fostering transportation services, which can be a great barrier...
According to the Kessler Foundation/National Organization on Disability’s 2010 Survey of Employment of Americans with Disabilities, insufficient transportation is recognized throughout the U.S. by 30% of adults with disabilities as a problem. However, only 17% of non-disabled adults consider daily transit a problem in any way. This represents a 13% gap in equity.
In other words, a lack of access to transportation creates barriers then makes it difficult for individuals with disabilities to gain employment.
Ann Storck Center’s Community Transportation Connections Team’s mission is to enhance the coordinated transportation system for individuals with disabilities and for those who are transportation disadvantaged in Broward and Palm Beach Counties in Florida.
As the Policy Leadership Fellow at the Ann Storck Center, with a disability, I am honored to have the opportunity to educate other individuals with disabilities about different transportation options that are available in their counties. Ann Storck Center in partnership with Self-Advocacy Resource Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC) created the “A Ride Away” Project. A Ride Away Project’s mission is to assist individuals with disabilities on their journey to independence. The Project encourages people with disabilities to overcome transportation barriers by learning to travel on different modes of transportation, like an on-demand or fixed-route service, to increase their opportunities to gain employment. Transportation options are essential for full community inclusion, so individuals with disabilities can obtain health services, employment, and recreational activities and further build upon their independence.
To learn more about ASC’s Mobility Management Facilitation Program, “Community Transportation Connections – Enhancing Mobility for Every Ability”, please visit http://www.annstorckcenter.org/mobility-management-program