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Person-Directed Mobility Management

Easter Seals Project ACTION supports innovative transportation strategies that enhance the ways in which transportation services are delivered and coordinated for people with disabilities. Person-directed mobility management offers a new approach for coordinating transportation services and maximizing efficiency in delivering transportation services for people with disabilities.

Mobility management addresses the specific transportation needs of the individual with a disability by working with an array of transportation and human service providers. In this way, mobility managers customize transportation for the individual with a disability and facilitate the individual’s ability to access transportation.

Mobility management works at the community level by ensuring that transportation is accessible and the pathways to transportation are accessible. At the community level, mobility managers connect with transportation service providers and communities on developing coordinated transportation plans and policies that promote accessible transportation and accessible pathways for people of all abilities.

Strategic Plan

Person-Directed Mobility Management (PDMM) supports the concept that improving mobility and transportation options for those accessing community services, workforce development centers, education, and health services ultimately improves mobility options for everyone. As part of a national initiative to encourage transportation improvements at the community level, ESPA developed a National Strategic Plan for Human Services Person-Directed Mobility Management.

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United We Ride (UWR)
UWR is a federal interagency initiative aimed at improving the availability, quality, and efficient delivery of transportation services for older adults, people with disabilities, and individuals with lower incomes.

Partnership for Mobility Management
The Partnership for Mobility Management is a joint effort of national organizations that work with national, local, state and regional leaders and organizations to realize the possibilities of improving transportation options for all Americans wherever they live and to assist those especially in need of alternative transportation options.

Mobility Management Independent Living Program
The Mobility Management Independent Living (MMIL) demonstration program began in 2010 and is a partnership between ESPA and the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) and the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL). The purpose is to build a network of professionals with disability expertise affiliated with centers for independent living (CILs) to serve as liaisons with mobility managers to enhance services for individuals with disabilities in coordinated transportation planning.

Strengthening Inclusive Transportation Partnerships to Promote Community Living
Easter Seals, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) and the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) have begun work on a three-year project titled Strengthening Inclusive Transportation Partnerships to Promote Community Living. The goal of this research and demonstration program is to improve the engagement of people with disabilities and older adults in the planning and implementation of coordinated transportation systems. Launched on October 1, 2012 with CTAA as the lead, the project is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living (ACL). Read more about the environmental scan that Easter Seals conducted for this program. View the program’s Request for Proposals for innovative inclusive transportation planning projects; applications are due March 20.


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