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Online Dialogues

An online dialogue is an event during a set time period that allows people across the country to hold discussions over the Internet on a specific topic. ESPA hosted the online dialogues listed below, and a number of best practices and processes have emerged. Download the resource, Online Dialogues 101: Best Practices for Hosting an Online Dialogue for information on how to host an online dialogue.

Strengthening Transportation Choices Dialogues (Veterans Transportation Dialogue)
The online dialogue, “Strengthening Transportation Choices So We Can Serve Those Who Have Served Their Country,” was held from May 7 – June 8, 2012. U.S. veterans, service members, their families, community service providers, and others with a personal or professional stake discussed their ideas surrounding ways to improve veterans’ transportation. Sponsored by the Federal Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility and the U.S. Department of Defense, the dialogue was managed and operated by ESPA through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. DOT and FTA, using funds from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Driving Change in Accessible Transportation Online Dialogue
In 2011, ESPA hosted an online dialogue where Mobility Planning Services (MPS) and Accessible Transportation Coalitions Initiative (ATCI) participants had the opportunity to discuss their communities’ stories and strategies for expanding accessible transportation options at the local level.

Paratransit Online Dialogue
An ESPA Talks Paratransit Online Dialogue was held July 26 - August 6, 2010 to mark the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The virtual town hall forum was open to public and private transportation providers, paratransit providers, federal, state, and local transportation professionals, disability services organizations, human services agencies, aging services agencies, volunteer transportation program coordinators, planners, advocates, and policymakers. During the dialogue, participants were asked to submit, comment on, and rate ideas related to paratransit service provision.

United We Ride National Dialogue
In November 2009, more than 3,500 stakeholders from all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia joined the United We Ride National Dialogue, hosted on behalf of the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM) by Easter Seals Project ACTION and the National Academy of Public Administration.

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