The Accessible Transportation Technical Support Project (ATTS)
Easter Seals Project ACTION Offers In-Depth Technical Support to Improve Accessible Transportation
Easter Seals Project ACTION (ESPA) is pleased to offer the Accessible Transportation Technical Support Project (ATTS). As a Federal Transit
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Administration technical assistance center on accessible transportation, ESPA has a long history of promoting systems-change efforts across the country. These efforts have made transportation more accessible to countless numbers of people, including those with disabilities.
In more than ten years of concerted efforts to help local stakeholders develop long-range plans, ESPA has helped over 100 communities create the changes they envisioned. Following their work with ESPA’s programs, communities have:
- Created new transportation options by coordinating and maximizing existing resources
- Developed one-call resource centers
- Launched outreach efforts to build community support for public transportation
- Brought planners and advocates together to improve the pedestrian environment
- Created travel training programs fostering the independence of people with disabilities while reducing paratransit costs
Whether your community would like to strengthen local coordinating efforts to address transportation solutions for riders with disabilities or is interested in targeted technical assistance to improve or develop policies and operations, ATTS could be right for you!
What does ATTS offer?
- Experts in the fields of transportation and disability advocacy to assist in designing a plan to target your goals using a proven systems-change model
- Ongoing technical support focused on real-world solutions that would adapt to changes in your community
- A variety of ways to connect with ESPA remotely, including via teleconference, webinars, community forums, or video conferencing, at no cost to your community
- Peer-to-peer connections to help guide you in your efforts
What can ATTS do for your community?
ESPA will craft each ATTS technical assistance project specifically to support your community’s unique goals. Efforts that may be well-served by participation in ATTS could include but are not limited to:
- Forming a local coalition to improve accessible transportation
- Transforming high-level planning efforts into actionable steps
- Improving accessibility in your community to be consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Exploring ways to meet accessibility needs above and beyond the ADA
- Maximizing the effectiveness of existing transportation resources
- Increasing ridership through marketing and outreach
How to Apply for ATTS
To get started, read the application questions and prepare your answers about the current status of accessible transportation in your community and your ideas for progress. Then, fill out the official application. Applications for the ATTS Project are due by November 15.
Note: The ATTS application is hosted by Survey Monkey, which does not allow you to save your application and return to it at a later time to complete it. Additionally, once you submit the application, you will not be able to return to the application and make edits. In consideration of this technical aspect, ESPA has posted a document containing all of the application questions so that you may prepare your answers. Download this document, complete the application questions, then copy and paste your answers into the Survey Monkey application.
ATTS Application Questions
Complete the official application.
What happens once you apply?
- You will receive email confirmation that your application has been received.
- An ESPA staff person will contact you to discuss your application and to ask clarifying questions.
- If your community is accepted, an ESPA staff person will be assigned as the primary support for your community and together you will develop a detailed plan
- ESPA will provide proactive support to your community for a year and will be available for continuing support after a year upon request.
If you have questions or wish to discuss ATTS in more detail before or during the application process, contact Kristi McLaughlin at (800) 659-6428 or via email at ATTS@easterseals.com.
Communities in ACTION
As mentioned above, in more than ten years of concerted efforts to help local stakeholders develop long-range plans, ESPA has helped over 100 communities create the changes they envisioned. Programs in the past focusing on systems-change efforts include the Accessible Transportation Coalitions Initiative (ATCI) and the Mobility Planning Services Institute (MPS). For information on the successes of our previous ATCI communities, visit the ATCI Communities in ACTION page. Download the Mobility Planning Services Retrospective to read about the accomplishments of a sampling of MPS and ATCI teams from 2001 to 2010.