Daily challenges that people with disabilities face in using public transportation across the region will be the focus of a two-hour discussion being held on Saturday.
The discussion, “Gettin’ Around Western New York – Tales and Trials of Transportation,” will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main St. The event is free and open to the public.
“Getting from here to there is not always an easy task,” museum officials said, citing a situation that most nondisabled people never even consider.
The free-flowing discussion will focus on the limited opportunities that people with disabilities often face in taking public transportation, including para-transit buses – specifically adapted vehicles that offer rides by appointment.
“With the constant threatening of para-transit cuts and cuts of regular bus routes, we think it’s a good time to discuss Western New York transportation challenges for people with disabilities,” said Susan LoTempio, who will lead the discussion.
The lack of accessible taxicabs is another concern, especially with the effect it could have on the region’s potential for renewed tourism.
Advocates and experts also plan to discuss the connection between transportation issues and jobless figures.
“If residents don’t have access to the workplace, they can’t work,” LoTempio said. “That’s why the unemployment rate for people with disabilities remains high.”
Saturday’s event is part of the museum’s ongoing Person First Forum series.
The museum, a project of People Inc., offers educational exhibits, programs and activities to expand community awareness. Its mission is to tell the story of the lives, triumphs and struggles of people with disabilities.