Web Resources


These "On-line Resources" are NOT on our website. They have been assembled to create a body of knowledge that will help our stakeholders locate policy, read about best practices, find products, and more. Since these resources are not under our control, please let us know if you find a link that doesn't work or if you cannot find what you are looking for.


Accessible Transportation Resources - General

Project ACTION - Easter Seals has created a comprehensive resource to promote accessible community transportation in the US. Their site includes resources for increasing accessibility of trains, train stations, paratransit, motor coaches, etc., databases, forums, publications, etc. Subscribe to their electronic newsletter or attend a training on accessible transportation.

RERC on Accessible Public Transportation - A partnership between the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and the IDEA Center at SUNY Buffalo.

U.S. Dept. of Transportation - resources for persons with disabilities.

Ultimate Travel Insurance & Disabilities Guide. - This guide offers essential information for travelers with disabilities including accessible travel destinations, the different health conditions normally covered by travel insurance, and many other useful tips and resources for traveling with a disability.

Traveling with a Medical Condition - This guide offer helpful travel tips and information as well as showcases some of the common problems associated with traveling abroad whilst having a health condition.


Personally-owned Transportation Vehicles

The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists - this is the association for professionals who specialize in adaptive driving techniques. They recommend adaptive equipment and train drivers to use it safely. The site contains links to resources related to driving with a disability. Use the directory to find a local certified practitioner.

American Occupational Therapy Association - resources for consumers and professionals regarding older drivers or who are adapting to an impairment.

National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) - the professional association for dealers that sell vehicles modified for the needs of persons with disabilities. NMEDA offers help to consumers in identifying their needs and offers professional standards, training, and complaint resolution for their member dealers.

The Adaptive Driving Association - a nationwide group of vehicle modification dealers who provide transportation solutions for disabled drivers and passengers.

Children as Passengers

An overview on Car Seats for children who need adaptive seating in a passenger vehicle from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The site contains a list of manufacturers that includes the following products:

  • BESI Manufacturing - an adjustable harness that interfaces with seatbelts to aid in sitting in car or bus.

  • Convaid - positioning seats suitable for children 30 to 108 lbs., unable to sit unassisted.

  • Columbia Medical - positioning seats suitable for children 20 to 102 lbs., unable to sit unassisted.

  • EZ-On Vest - for transportation in cars or buses, for children or adults.

  • Snug Seat - car seat for children with positioning needs who weight 20 to 105 lbs. Products include: Traveller plus, Hippo and Car Bed

  • Sammons Preston - look for: Special Tomato for the Car and a Tumbleforms seat called Carrie.

  • Alimedcheck for Therapedic Integrated Positioning System

Car seat ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The five-star rating system allows you to evaluate how easy certain car seat features are to use before you buy a seat based on:

  • Evaluation of Instructions: Content and clarity of the instruction manual.

  • Vehicle Installation Features: Ease of using features that pertain to installing the child restraint in a vehicle.

  • Evaluation of Labels: Content and clarity of the labels of the child restraint.

  • Securing the Child:  Ease of using features that pertain to securing a child correctly in the restraint. 


Public Transportation Vehicles

The Americans with Disabilites Act (The ADA)

ADAAG for Public Transportation Vehicles  - The US Access Board.

Federal Transit Administration ADA Home Page

The US Department of Transportation and ADA Accessibility

The Americans with Disabilities Act Document Center

The Department of Justice and the ADA Home Page

    Be sure to look for the ADA Technical Assistance Programs. The US is broken into regions which provide information, training, and technical assistance to businesses and agencies with duties and responsibilities under the ADA.

    The ADA Information Line - an 800 phone number.

School Buses

The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation have updated their website. Visit the site and meet the school transportation director for your state.

Guidelines for Safely Transporting Wheelchair Users - Mary-Ann Snell OT(C) reprinted with permission from the American Occupational Therapy Association. It originally appeared in OT Practice June 1999.

School Transportation News - a comprehensive website on school transportation with a section on special needs.

The annual Transporting Students with Disabilities Conference

The National Association of Pupil Transportation (NAPT)

Buses, Light Rail and Trains

Project ACTION - a national accessible travel database sponsored by Easter Seal.

Community Transportation Association - Passengers with Disabilities

Disability Program Navigators

Transportation for Individuals with Disabilities - Over-the-Road Buses

Paratransit

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Paratransit Eligibility Manual

The Taxicab, Limousine and Paratransit Association

The National Paratransit Directory

Airplanes

New Horizons: Information for Air Traveler with Disability - from the Department of Transportation.

Access for People with Disabilities to Airport Facilities - from the FAA.

Aviation Consumer Protection and Enforcement: Passengers with Disabilities

Guidelines for Aircraft Boarding Chair - from the National Transportation Library.

Ultimate Travel Insurance & Disabilities Guide - from Michael Morris, freelance writer. This guide offers essential information for travellers with disabilities including accessible travel destinations, the different health conditions normally covered by travel insurance, and many other useful tips and resources for travelling with a disability.


Standards, Data and Statistics

Link to the Standards section within this website. See this section for an overview of the standards for wheelchair tiedown and occupant restraints (WTORS), wheelchairs and seating systems.

The RESNA Assistive Technology Standards Board - this board is designated as responsible for setting and updating standards related to wheelchairs and other forms of assistive technology. These standards are referred to as RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America) American National Standards.

Society of Automotive Engineers - The Society of Automotive Engineers is a one-stop resource for technical information and expertise used in designing, building, maintaining, and operating self-propelled vehicles for use on land or sea, in air or space.

International Standards Organization - This is the international standards setting organization. Most national standards setting organizations attempt to harmonize with ISO standards to facilitate exchange of products across borders. There are several working groups that are focused on wheelchairs and wheelchair transportation safety standards that meet several times per year to advance their work.

US Department of Transportation - Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) - Transportation Safety Institute - use the search words "wheelchair transportation" to find relevant articles and resources.

National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes. They set and enforce safety performance standards, investigate safety defects in motor vehicles, set and enforce fuel economy standards, help reduce the threat of drunk drivers, promote the use of safety belts, child safety seats and air bags, investigate odometer fraud, establish and enforce vehicle anti-theft regulations and provide consumer information on motor vehicle safety topics.  Below are resources found on their site:

Transportation Vehicle Guidelines (U.S. Access Board)

Transportation Research Board - use the site search with the word "wheelchair."

The National Transportation Library

National Automotive Sampling System Crashworthiness Data System (NASS-CDS)

Crash Injury Research and Engineering Network (CIREN)

Center for Transportation Injury Research


Transportation Safety Technology Products

Link to a listing of crash-tested wheelchairs, seating systems and WTORS.

See a training video for AMF Bruns of America's wheelchair securement and occupant restraint system (WTORS) product line here.

Training manuals and videos for Q'Straint wheelchair securement and occupant restraint system (WTORS) products can be found here.