Taking Control of the Bus: From Passive Passengers to Adventurous Advocates
People who are blind or visually impaired routinely identify the lack of access to transportation as the number-one barrier to just about everything they need—from employment and education to health care services to shopping and recreation. This fact, coupled with the high unemployment rate among blind adults and the negative health and lifestyle outcomes associated with a lack of access to reliable transportation, proves the need for understanding transportation.
This one-hour webinar provides blindness professionals with an overview of the $80 billion transportation industry with a focus on how public transit is regulated, funded, managed, and delivered. The webinar also addresses techniques blind and visually impaired people can use to successfully navigate the transit services in their communities, as well as tips and tricks to advocate for the transportation access they might want or need for themselves.
Ron Brooks is 53 and totally blind. He is a writer, speaker, entrepreneur, and evangelist for the transformation of mobility for people with disabilities. A graduate of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University in Indianapolis, Ron has 28 years of planning, management, and executive-level experience for both public transit agencies and private providers within the areas of accessible transit and paratransit. In 2020, Ron founded Accessible Avenue, where he draws upon his life and industry experiences to provide accessibility-focused training and consulting services. His services are for agencies and organizations that design, develop, and deliver products and services that support the movement of people within indoor and outdoor space and on all forms of public and retail ground transportation.