Easter Seals Project ACTION (ESPA) is honored to support specific international activities as requested by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Our mission is to promote universal access to transportation under federal law and beyond by partnering with transportation providers, the disability community and others through the provision of training, technical assistance, applied research, outreach and communications.
Internationally, ESPA expands its mission by increasing awareness about universal access to transportation by sharing information about training, technical assistance, research and publications. ESPA also participates in dialogues and other activities to exchange information about domestic and global efforts to advance accessible transportation with Easter Seals affiliates and other U.S. and international partners.
School Transportation Conference – United Arab Emirates
The Roads and Transport Authority of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai and the National Association for Pupil Transportation invited Judy Shanley, ESPA director of the Administration for Community Living, mobility management and student engagement programs, to speak at a conference held in Dubai in April that over 300 international delegates attended. In her presentation, Shanley shared strategies to connect pupil transportation and public transit to support the use of public transportation by students with disabilities once they leave school and have careers.
International Accessibility Roundtable
ESPA in partnership with FTA convened the International Accessibility Roundtable on September 28-30, 2008 to discuss and exchange information about experiences and shared goals of accessible public transportation. Roundtable participants also offered input on a survey instrument for assessing accessible transportation in a country. The final report (*.PDF) summarizes the results of the roundtable and other related international activities.
Download an accessible PDF of the final report of the roundtable: International Projects on Accessible Transportation, A Report and Findings to Date.
13th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons (TRANSED)
ESPA was pleased to be a participant in the 13th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons (TRANSED) held in New Delhi, India September 17-21, 2012. The theme of TRANSED 2012 was “Seamless access for all: Universal Design in Transport systems and built infrastructure, a key element in the creation of livable cities.” During the conference, ESPA staff presented two sessions: Modeling a Travel Training Typology for Increasing Access within Livable Communities and The Price of Specialized Transportation: Does Government Policy Decrease Cost and Increase Community Inclusion for People with Disabilities.
ESPA would like to thank FTA for its commitment to the international sharing of perspectives on accessibility that enabled our participation in this event.
World report on disability
Increasing Accessible Transportation in Ethiopia
In August 2013, Ethiopian Railway Corporations engineers and a representative of the Ethiopian disability community came to Washington, DC to meet with officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation and ESPA staff, as detailed in this Viewpoints blog posting.