How do non-driving disabled adults get around?
A lack of transportation can limit access to employment, healthcare, social engagement and community participation. Nearly 30% of disabled Americans have given up driving. And in rural areas, public transportation is sadly lacking.
Studies have shown, people with disabilities who live in rural areas rely soley on rides from others or public transit to meet their transportation needs. Taxi’s, Uber and Lyft are most often in accessible and expensive.
Transportation in rural towns may be limited to local paratransit services. Residents often rely on family and friends for out of town healthcare appointments and errands. Physical access and attitudes of the drivers impact the accessibility. For those on a limited income, to copay stipend can be as high as $50 is you have to go twice a month out of town to a specialist appointment. And you limited to transit schedules and routes.
People have been patient and drawing on social relationships to get rides but this leads to feelings of dependence. Social pressure for reciprocity can lead some to not ask for rides.
Priorities need to be made for accessible public transportation, even in the rural areas. This can help contribute to the economic development, health, and quality of life of rural communities. In more remote locations, transportation may be essential to ensure civic engagement and other types of engagement in community life. Voting for local, statewide, and national elections can be a challenge for those living in rural areas because of limited voting places and transportation options.
For more information about the ADA contact:
Dana Gover, MPA, and ACTCP Certification, ADA Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator
For more information about ADA Technical Assistance visit the NW ADA Center Idaho website: nwadacenter.org/idaho
Phone: Voice and Text 208-841-9422
Idaho Relay Service: 7