At a time of high unemployment and unprecedented income inequality, equity in transportation policy is one of the most pressing civil and human rights issues our nation faces.
— Where We Need to Go: A Civil Rights Roadmap, The Leadership Conference Education Fund
Access to affordable and reliable transportation allows people with disabilities important opportunities in education, employment, healthcare, housing and participation in community life. Because our nation’s investments in transportation infrastructure have disproportionately favored cars and highways, those who cannot afford cars or do not operate cars often lack viable transportation options. People with disabilities—particularly in rural areas—need accessible, affordable transportation options that bring employment, health care, education, and community life within reach.
AAPD promotes equal access to transportation for people with disabilities, including promoting improved accessibility in public transportation and substantial investment in accessible transit options and transit-oriented development.
AAPD works to ensure equal access to reliable, affordable transportation for people with disabilities by advocating for federal transportation investments that connect people with disabilities to employment opportunities, health care, education, and community. AAPD is a member of the Leadership Conference Education Fund Transportation Equity coalition.
Laws on accessibility in transportation
There are several federal laws that address transportation access for people with disabilities, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Air Carrier Access Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
To file a complaint regarding public transportation accessibility under the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, click here.
To file a complaint regarding air travel, click here.