2012-02-01 / Features

Paratransit For Seniors And Disabled Threatened

The Queens Intergency Council for the Aging (QICA) is holding its monthly community meeting on February 8, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Queens Borough Hall, Room 213, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens.

According to QICA, New York City Transit is strictly enforcing misguided eligibility rules for Access-a-Ride customers to meet Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements that were designed years ago without understanding the transportation challenges of large cities like New York. QICA states that, “We need elected officials to advocate for a rational paratransit system for the elderly and all persons with disabilities that recognizes the complexity of a large metropolitan area. The failure to address this issue will contribute to increased isolation and premature institutionalization of seniors who could become trapped in their homes. Access to all modes of transportation services must be provided to all New Yorkers, whether they are on two feet or four wheels.”

Speakers include Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, Assemblymember Micah Kellner, City Council Transit Riders Committee Member Bill Henderson, Advocacy Attorney Jasmine K. LeVeaux, Windels Marx, LLP among others.

The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, pre-registration is advised. Contact QICA at 718-268-5954 or fax 718-268-5952.

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