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Mark Perriello calls for 100% of DC cabs to be accessible

October 16, 2013  |  AAPD

Mark Perriello, President and CEO of AAPD, submitted a statement to the D.C. Taxicab Commission that is once again considering the issue of accessible taxis, but its proposal does not go far enough.

Statement to the DC Taxicab Commission

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is the nation's largest disability rights organization. AAPD promotes equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. Members of AAPD hail from all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.

The taxicab industry, though private, has for all intents and purposes become a public mode of transportation. In fact, in many areas, the District’s cab service is the only mode of transportation available. It is time for the DC Council, along with taxicab companies, to accept the economic, moral, and legal necessities of deploying wheelchair-accessible cabs.

Everyone, including District residents and visitors, all need cabs for quick, reliable transportation.

The proposal that members of the Commission are considering today is a paltry attempt to move in the right direction. Paltry because it is not 100% of cabs.

This “fix” doesn’t afford residents and tourists who use wheelchairs the option to ‘hail’ taxis from the street, which other taxicab users enjoy. This limited service does not come close to meeting the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

When we are running late for job interviews, we need cabs.

When we decide spur-of-the-moment to see a show, we need cabs.

When our family members are rushed to the hospital in the middle of the night, we need cabs.

100% of them.

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