Providing Accessible Transportation Services: Professional Development Resources for Transportation Providers

Sponsored by: The Western Transportation Institute, Montana State University through a grant from the University Partnership Program, Eurasia Foundation 

Description: Workforce development training is essential to building an accessible transportation environment. This free webinar provides rich information about the availability of training for transportation service providers. Content covers multiple training topics, providers, and sources, including: university programs, national training and technical assistance programs, consultants, state, regional and national conferences, and transportation agencies. The webinar also provides recommendations for establishing staff training priorities and opportunities for partnerships to reduce training costs.  

Presenters: Carol Wright and Donna Smith, Easter Seals Project Action Consulting 

Donna Smith is the director of training for Easter Seals Project Action Consulting.  Donna has over thirty-five years experience as a professional in the field of disability advocacy with most of those years as a training and technical assistance specialist on disability-related laws and issues.  Since 2002, she has focused specifically on transportation issues. Her areas of knowledge pertinent to accessible transportation include community approaches to implement systems change needed to improve accessible transportation, ADA rights and responsibilities, travel training, coalition building, the transit experience from the customer’s perspective, the increasing role of technology in transportation access, and the accessible pedestrian environment. 

Carol Wright is the Assistant Vice President for Mobility & Transportation of the Easter Seals transportation group and Co-Director of the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining  Easter Seals, Carol was Associate Director of Outreach and Training at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University for seven years where she was responsible for developing and delivering national training on a broad breadth of transit topics.

This webinar is part of a collaboration with Moscow State University for Transport Engineering (MIIT) in Moscow, Russia on Developing an Accessible Transportation Environment for People with Disabilities or other Special Needs in Rural and Small Urban Areas. To enhance the resources and curriculum sharing partnership between the two institutions, the webinar materials are available in both English and Russian. 

English language webinar materials: 

Link to recording: mp4 

Presentation slides: pdf 

Russian language webinar materials: 

Link to recording: 

Presentation slides: pdf 

Webinar transcript: pdf