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Custom Transit Service Delivery Review Stakeholder Workshops

DABC has received the following notice from TransLink:

Dear HandyDART Stakeholder:

You’re invited!

In June 2016, the TransLink Board committed to undertake a review of the delivery model and policies for HandyDART. This was in response to a number of questions that had been raised at Board meetings, particularly around responsiveness to customer concerns, HandyDART and taxi service standards and quality, and the HandyDART service model and operations. This review will inform the Board of recommended changes to HandyDART policies and the service model.

Working with a project Stakeholder Advisory Committee composed of HandyDART customers, advocates, and front-line staff, we have identified key policies areas for change and are exploring service delivery model alternatives. Now, we want to hear your thoughts.

Background
TransLink initiated a Custom Transit Service Review in 2012 to understand how HandyDART could better meet the transportation needs of people with disabilities. As a result, positive changes have been made to the current service. Given recent customer feedback, the TransLink Board committed to undertake a deeper review of the design of HandyDART service delivery operations and service quality policies.

The current review considers best practices of peer agencies in other regions and input from key stakeholders with the goal of helping customers with disabilities get where they need to go safely and efficiently.

This is an ongoing review and no decisions have been made. Because of your extensive experience and knowledge of HandyDART service, we would like to invite you to participate in one of three Custom Transit Service Delivery Review Stakeholder Workshops which will take place on January 18 and 19. At this workshop, TransLink will share the changes that have been implemented since the completion of the last review in 2014, provide an overview of the service policies and delivery model alternatives that have resulted from the project process so far, and solicit your thoughts and opinions pertaining to the delivery model and policies.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 11, 2017 for one of the following three workshops by contacting Sarah Chung at sarah.chung@translink.ca or 778.375.6868, stating your preferred workshop date and time. If you require accommodation in order to participate in the dialogue, please contact Sarah to discuss your needs. Further information will be provided to registrants closer to the event dates.

Date:
Wednesday, January 18
Location:
Wosk Centre for Dialogue
580 West Hasting Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6B1L6
Time:
Registration: 1:15pm
Workshop: 1:30-3:30pm

Date:
Thursday, January 19
Location:
Pinetree Community Centre
1260 Pinetree Way
Coquitlam, B.C. V3B 7Z4
Time:
Registration: 11:45am
Workshop: 12:00-2:00pm

Date:
Thursday, January 19
Location:
Surrey City Hall
13450 104 Avenue
Surrey, BC V3T 1V8
Time:
Registration: 6:15pm
Workshop: 6:30-8:30pm

To ensure we hear from a variety of perspectives, we ask that organizations limit attendance to a maximum of three representatives. Note that a separate event is being organized for HandyDART operations staff.

If you are unable to attend a session in-person, we still want to hear from you. An online survey will be available for you to provide your feedback.

We look forward to working with you on this important project to shape the future of HandyDART service for Metro Vancouver. Do not hesitate to contact Sarah Chung at sarah.chung@translink.ca or 778.375.6868 if you have any questions.

Kind regards,
Sarah Ross
Director, System Planning
Louise Hearty
Director, Access Transit Service Delivery

To download the invitation, please click here.

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Job Opportunities: Accessibility and Inclusion Consultant

DABC has received information about two job opportunities:

There are two, two-year contract Accessibility & Inclusion Consultant positions available. These positions will support the Presidents Group’s Pathfinding Project, working with the disability and business communities to research, pilot and develop a toolkit of resources, approaches and processes that will support increased employment success rates for people with disabilities.

To view the job posting, please click here.

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All Abilities Connected Communities – Opportunity for Youths with Disabilities

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For more information, please download the recruitment letter.

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CCD Media Release re: Accessibility of Passenger Transportation

We have received the following media release from the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD):


Media Release

For Immediate Release │November 16, 2016

CCD Says Regulations Are Necessary to Increase the Accessibility of Passenger Transportation

On Thursday, November 17, 2016 in Montreal, Bob Brown, Co-Chair of CCD’s Transportation Committee, will attend the federal government’s roundtable discussion on planned accessibility legislation, as it relates to transportation.  The federal government regulates air, rail, interprovincial marine and bus transportation.  Roundtable organizers want participants to identify gaps in the legal and policy environment and to suggest ways for Canada to make transportation more accessible.  Among other recommendations, CCD will urge the adoption of comprehensive accessibility regulations.

In the 1990s, when Canada turned its back on binding accessibility regulations in favour of voluntary codes of practice to prevent barriers, progress in Canada toward a fully accessible transportation system became lamentably slow.  The burden to remedy transportation barriers through litigation fell on people with disabilities and their organizations, such as CCD.

CCD has firsthand experience with how carriers are ignoring voluntary codes.  In 2000, VIA Rail purchased and attempted to put into service inaccessible passenger rail cars, which violated the standards of the voluntary rail code. The cars purchased by VIA had been rejected by other countries that had accessibility regulations.  Travelers using wheelchairs would have essentially been segregated in a sleeper compartment on the lounge car.  With great risk to its continued viability, CCD went to court to challenge this violation of the human rights of travelers with disabilities.  The Supreme Court of Canada sided with CCD.

“A country that is committed to human rights and accessibility does not leave it to community organizations to police the transportation industry in order to prevent carriers from violating the mobility rights of people with disabilities,” states Bob Brown, Co-Chair of the CCD Transportation Committee, who will be present at the Roundtable.

Relatedly, CCD will also call for the strengthening of the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA), which regulates the transportation system and protects the human rights of persons with disabilities to an accessible transportation network.  For example, Canada could empower the CTA to take proactive actions to remedy barriers without a complaint first coming from a traveler with a disability.  This would lead to greater system-wide change.

Another area that will be addressed concerns the federal government using its spending power to promote accessibility and universal design.  To ensure that accessibility becomes a priority, CCD will urge the Federal Government to attach universal design requirements to all infrastructure spending, procurement activities and subsidies to industry.

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) is a national organization of people with disabilities working for an inclusive and accessible Canada.

 

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International Day of People with Disabilities: Dec. 3rd Event in New Westminster

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