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Public Transit And Accessibility

Jul 18, 2019

State lawmakers reversed a provision in the new transportation budget that would have changed handicap-accessible signs to show a more dynamic character. 

Instead of sitting upright, the character would quote “lean forward with a sense of movement.” Legislators said it was the international symbol of access but the federal highway administration warned Ohio would risk losing federal funding if they implemented it.

Among all this, though, is a broader question: how is the state, and the city, doing in providing actual transportation access for those that are disabled?

Today on All Sides, the state of public transportation access for people who are disabled. 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine speaks during a public inauguration ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Columbus.
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Gov. Mike DeWine has appointed the state's first-ever "Americans With Disabilities Act" coordinator to establish the state as a model employer of people with disabilities.


A new bill has passed the House that can threaten the power the Americans with Disabilities Act has over businesses. The ADA Education and Reform Act plans to extend the amount of time required before those impacted by inadequate accommodations can sue businesses. 

Join us today as we discuss the bill and consider the reasons lawmakers are pursuing the endeavor.

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The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council released a study that showed more than half of respondents felt they couldn't be more active in the community until transportation services were improved.

This Wednesday marks the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The federal law mandates equal access, and prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities nationwide.

Advocate Linda Wetters is former assistant director of the state agency Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, previously known as the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission.  

All this month, WYSO is bringing you stories of Ohioans living with disabilities. It’s a series we’re calling Just Ask: Talking About Disability. In an effort to better understand the issue of disabilities in Ohio, we collaborated with researchers from the National Center for Family and Demographic Research at Bowling Green State University, who analyzed statistics from the 2015 five-year American Community Survey.

Columbus-based real estate company Glimcher is being sued over a bus stop at one of its malls in Dayton. A federal lawsuit from two organizations says the Dayton Mall’s bus stop discriminates against people with disabilities because it’s unreasonably far from the mall’s main entrance.

Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 25

Jul 23, 2015

The country is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Facing continued adversity in its quarter century of existence, the act has improved the lives of millions an and it's still evolving.