October 3, 2010

Paratransit Eligibility Assessment

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN - The video below describes the eligibility assessment process for the
Go!Bus paratransit service at
Grand Rapids, Michigan's transit provider. At
The Rapid, a Travel Trainer/ADA Administrator works together with a Registered Occupational Therapist from
Disability Advocates of Kent County to assess the client's eligibility for
Go!Bus in compliance with the
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Paratransit Eligibility Manual. An excellent resource for those preparing an application for eligibility (or appealing a denial) with
Go!Bus or any provider of ADA Paratransit in the United States is
"assist people with disabilities obtain an accurate and fair ADA paratransit eligibility determination."
Often applicants can "affect this process by carefully documenting their conditions, ensuring all their disability-related impairments are assessed." As well, if you are appealing a denial (or change in status) and there is an opportunity to meet in-person with the Appeals Committee/Board, (remembering to have your paper work in order) - it becomes much harder for them to turn you down when meeting face-to-face.



--- ADA ELIGIBILITY ASSESSMENT RESOURCES ---

- ADA Paratransit Eligibility Models: Comparing the Options - 2007 - Douglas J. Cross Transportation Consulting

- Comprehensive ADA Paratransit Eligibility (National Transit Institute) - 2 day training to learn in-person interview/assessment tools and approaches.
- Centers For Independent Living Directory - Local resources for independent living and accessibility in the community.
- National Disability Rights Network - Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Disabilites
- Equip For Equality - Advancing the Human & Civil Rights of People with Disabilities in Illinois
- ADA Paratransit Eligibility Certification Practices (1998) - Transportation Research Board
- ADA Ride - Assists with the ADA paratransit eligibility process. Free for the general public and about half the cost of regular 'in-house' assessment by transit agencies.

1 comment:

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