Everyone deserves equal opportunities to get around.
Freedom of movement: a matter of basic human rights and dignity.
Public transportation is a lifeline for many people with disabilities, but accessing this vital service can be challenging. While the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that public transit be accessible to people with disabilities, not all transit systems have fully complied with the law. People with disabilities still face significant barriers to using buses, trains, and other forms of mass transportation.
Many public transit systems were not designed with accessibility in mind and have not been upgraded to provide access to all. In addition, systems are sometimes not well-maintained and suffer dilapidation of features that would otherwise make them more accessible to people with disabilities.
This lack of compliance can create hardships for people with disabilities who rely on public transportation to get around, preventing them from working, attending school, accessing medical care, or participating in other activities essential to their well-being. Yet another challenge is the lack of trained personnel who can assist people with disabilities in using public transit.
People with disabilities are left feeling isolated and unable to fully participate in society.
No one left behind.
Serving all citizens, regardless of ability.
The BlueDAG WayTM is a set of best practices that helps public transit agencies make progress toward the goal of serving all citizens, regardless of ability. Our approach begins with the recognition that people with disabilities have a right to equal access to public transit. It then sets out specific actions that transit agencies can take to improve accessibility, including training employees, working with community groups, and identifying barriers to accessibility.
The BlueDAG WayTM provides your agency with crucial forward momentum toward ensuring that everyone has equal access to public transit. Agencies such as the City of Oakland, CA, and El Paso County, CO, are improving their public transit systems with BlueDAG’s tools and methods.
By following the best practices outlined in the BlueDAG WayTM, transit agencies can make real progress toward making their services accessible to all.
Dust off your Transition Plan.
Ensuring that people with disabilities have equal access to your facilities, programs, and services.
You may have an ADA Transition Plan that’s years old and needs updating, or you may not have a plan at all. The time is now: make progress on your Transition Plan, or create a new or revised plan, with the powerful tools and guidance furnished by BlueDAG. The BlueDAG WayTM will produce a comprehensive Living Transition PlanTM for the remediation of accessibility issues per the Americans with Disabilities Act’s requirements.
Our user-friendly tools and methodology make it easy to assess your current situation, identify barriers to accessibility, and create a detailed plan of action. And because our team of subject-matter experts is always up-to-date on the latest accessibility standards, you can be confident your Living Transition PlanTM will meet all requirements:
- Self-evaluation of the accessibility of your facilities, programs, and services
- Designation of a responsible employee or group to coordinate ADA compliance efforts
- Identification of physical barriers that need to be removed or modified
- Training for all employees on the requirements of the ADA and how to best serve customers and clients with disabilities
- Development of policies and procedures ensuring that people with disabilities have equal access to your facilities, programs, and services
- Development of effective communication plans, including alternate formats for people with hearing or vision impairments
The BlueDAG WayTM
Get started quickly and see measurable results.
Accessibility is not just about compliance with the law. It’s about creating environments, programs, and services that work for everyone. As a BlueDAG subscriber, you’ll measure steady progress on your journey toward accessibility and gain critical insights from your data in one place. When coupled with our Client Success PlanTM, BlueDAG’s easy-to-use tools make it possible for any agency to get started quickly and see results.
Help when you need it.
We understand that your transition plan can seem like a daunting challenge. BlueDAG’s nationwide network of consultants can provide you with targeted expertise and boots-on-the-ground support. Our partner experts include BlueDAG-certified inspectors who are ready to tackle your accessibility initiatives.
Funding your vision.
BlueDAG has identified several funding sources that can be leveraged to fuel your ADA compliance goals. We’ll work with you to seek out and secure capital from within your organization and beyond.