Last modified: Friday, September 4, 2009
IU institute is key collaborator in transportation survey for Hoosiers with disabilities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 4, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- What ideas do people with disabilities in Indiana have about transportation issues? IU's Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, in conjunction with the Governor's Council for People with Disabilities and Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services, is conducting a survey to answer the question.
Accessible and reliable transportation is an important issue for Indiana's citizens with disabilities. Transportation is a necessary support for seeking and maintaining employment, accessing health care services and participating in community activities. The 2009 Disability Poll on Transportation asks Indiana citizens how they view the current state of transportation in Indiana. It also gives them an opportunity to provide opinions and ideas about how to improve transportation in their communities.
People with disabilities, their family members, and their advocates are invited to complete the survey so that their voices are heard when transportation issues are being addressed in their communities. The survey is available online at: http://www.thepollingplace.org. Print copies and alternative formats are available on request.
To request the survey in an alternative format, or for additional information, contact Vicki Pappas by phone at 800-825-4733 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Disability Poll is an annual project of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, the Governor's Council for People with Disabilities and Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services. The poll's purpose is to provide a place where the voices of people with disabilities, their family members, and their advocates can be heard. Each year, a specific topic of interest is selected. The Disability Poll is being conducted by staff from the Institute's Center for Planning and Policy Studies.
About the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University: The Indiana Institute on Disability and Community (IIDC), Indiana's University Center for Excellence on Disabilities, is committed to providing Hoosiers with disability-related information and services that touch the entire life span, from birth through older adulthood. Through collaborative efforts with institutions of higher education, state and local government agencies, community service providers, persons with disabilities and their families, and advocacy organizations, Institute faculty and staff work to increase community capacity in disability through academic instruction, research, dissemination and training, and technical assistance.
About the Indiana's Governor's Council for People with Disabilities: The Indiana Governor's Council is an independent state agency that facilitates change. Its mission is to promote public policy which leads to the independence, productivity and inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society. This mission is accomplished through planning, evaluation, collaboration, education, research and advocacy. The council is consumer-driven and is charged with determining how the service delivery system in both the public and private sectors can be most responsive to people with disabilities. It receives and disseminates federal funds to support innovative programs that are visionary, influence public policy, empower individuals and families, and advocate systems change.
About Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services (IPAS): IPAS was created in 1977 by state law to protect and advocate the rights of people with disabilities and is Indiana's federally designated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system and client assistance program. It is an independent state agency, which receives no state funding and is independent from all service providers, as required by federal and state law.