Although the task of complying with federal laws and regulations can be daunting, Easter Seals Project ACTION (ESPA) provides information on accessible transportation that may help transporters and educators of students with disabilities meet them.
ESPA promotes universal access to transportation for people with disabilities and offers partnerships with federal and state organizations, training, technical assistance, applied research, outreach and communication to provide improved accessibility.
Several publications and tools related to transportation for students with disabilities are available on the ESPA Web site and in the organization's free online store, including a toolkit for secondary schools on Travel Training for Student Success. ESPA also published case studies on successful student travel training in a variety of cities. A report on an ESPA-funded project describes how six school districts from across the country use processes to identify transportation challenges and solutions to meet the transportation need of transition students with disabilities.
ESPA also recently released d findings from a round table including students with disabilities, educators, and parents who offered ideas on how to best to meet the accessible transportation need of students with disabilities. As part of the program, students with disabilities in conjunction with the non-profit WVSA ARTs created artworks that depict their views and wishes for more accessible transportation options. The artworks were presented to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.