Sustaining & Expanding Accessible and Affordable Transportation for People with Disabilities Anytime

Award Amount: $109,000 per year

Years of Grant: 2017-2019

Grantee: Hocking Athens Perry Community Action

Council staff responsible: Fatica Ayers

Goal of Grant

By year two of the project, there will be accessible and affordable transportation services for people with disabilities whenever needed/ wanted, regardless of time of day, and if accessible and affordable transportation isn’t available it will be created or expanded.

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DD Council Connection Newsletter Grantee Spotlight: Sustaining & Expanding Accessible and Affordable Transportation for People with Disabilities Anytime

October 2017: As a part of its Community Living goal in the Five Year Plan, Ohio DD Council awarded Hocking, Athens, Perry Community Action Program a grant that will provide people with disabilities and their families increased access to services and supports that promote: leadership, accessibility, respect, safety, independence, outreach, equality, inclusion, health, work opportunities and community.

By year two of the project, there will be accessible and affordable transportation services for people with disabilities whenever needed/wanted, regardless of time of day, and if accessible and affordable transportation isn’t available it will be created or expanded.

As the demand for public transit increases and budgets shrink, the Ohio Department of Transportation has developed a strategy to bring the most efficient and cost-effective improvements to transit riders and taxpayers alike.

Travel trends show that there is a definite rise in the need for convenient, affordable public transportation to jobs, medical appointments, shopping and recreational activities. Our transit agencies are struggling to fund these existing services, let alone meet the increased demand.

Through the grant, the Council will seek the following short-term outcomes: (Initial changes in participants’ knowledge, attitudes and skills. These are necessary steps toward the ultimate outcome.)

  • Increased number of people accessing transportation information.
  • Increased information provided to key policy makers/legislators regarding transportation issues.

Additionally, the following long-term outcomes will seek desired changes or improvements in targeted behaviors and/or system performance:

  • By December 2018, there will be regional or statewide accessible and affordable transportation service.
  • By December 2018, 800 more individuals with disabilities will have access to affordable and accessible transportation.

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