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Let’s Make Accessible Parking More Accessible: A Practical Guide to Addressing Disabled Placard Abuse and Other Parking Issues for People with Disabilities

This groundbreaking, 24-page publication provides a roadmap for addressing issues related to accessible parking and disabled placard/plate abuse. Topics include statistics that confirm the scope of the problem, deterring fraudulent use of disabled placards/plates, parking design and streetscape issues that interfere with access, misuse of access aisles for van accessible parking spaces, empathetic signage, technological solutions, enforcement issues, citizen activism, and more. The publication includes dozens of ideas from cities, universities, and others, along with practical action items.

Source Credit: Accessible Parking Coalition
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‘This Is A Game Changer’: Purple Placard To Help Struggling, Disabled Drivers

DENVER (CBS4) — Colorado drivers with a purple placard have not been required to pay parking meters this year. The Chris Hinds Act exempts drivers with a disability from paying, if their disability impacts their ability to pay.“This is about making sure we have equal access for those who needed it,” explained Hinds. After hundreds of hours of Hinds’ research, former Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the Chris Hinds Act into law in 2018.

Source Credit: Denver (CBS4) News
View Online: https://denver.cbslocal.com/2019/07/29/purple-placard-chris-hinds/#.XUDQuLqntPE.twitter

 

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Save My Spot Video

A wheelchair accessible vehicle is meant to provide freedom, but that can’t happen if it’s been blocked by careless parking. BraunAbility wants to educate the world on responsible parking around wheelchair accessible spaces – and with your help, we’ll make it a reality! Share our video to your friends and ask that they share as well. Together we can make it happen! ‪#savemyspot

Source Credit: BraunAbility
View Online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZlHHBozUBc&t=21s

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Texas A&M University Accessible Parking Study

Texas A&M University Transportation Services contracted with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. to complete a study to determine 1) if the campus has the correct total number of accessible parking spaces, 2) ensure that these accessible parking spaces are located appropriately, and 3) determine the compliance of existing accessible parking spaces to current standards. Additionally, accessible parking for non-standard campus events was reviewed and a procedure for adding future accessible parking spaces will be developed. One result of this study was approval by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation to calculate accessible space needs based on a unique, “Zone” approach.

Source Credit: Texas A&M University Transportation Services
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2019-07-26T16:29:21+00:00Categories: Case Study, National in Scope, Texas|

Stay in the Lines Coloring Page!

At the Southlake DPS, we try to avoid snark and sass (we REALLY do 😉), but sometimes our fair citizens make it hard. Please stay in the lines when you park ESPECIALLY if it’s next to a handicapped spot or you might be the recipient of one of our new fliers. Be kind and drive kind and park kind! Let this graphic be an attention grabbing example so we don’t have to end up going to FedEx Kinko’s and making like thousands of copies of these.

Source Credit: Southlake DPS

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2019-07-26T16:20:41+00:00Categories: .jpg, Parking Enforcers/Legislators, Photo/Art|

Video: Where Not to Park

In Lexington The Mayor’s Commission for Citizens with Disabilities worked with LEXPARK, the Lexignton Police and the City Counsel to pass an ordinance that makes it ilitgal to park in the hash marked area next to an ADA parking space, even if you have a placard. The fine is $250.

Source Credit: Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, The Mayor’s Commission for Citizens with Disabilities, Lexington PD & Lex TV
View Online: https://youtu.be/-juyEqBid8M

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2019-07-26T16:13:05+00:00Categories: Kentucky, National in Scope, Video|

Guidance on Use of the International Symbol of Accessibility Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Architectural Barriers Act

The U.S. Access Board provided guidance on the use of the International Symbol of Accessibility (ISA) under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). This guidance explains how use of a symbol other than the ISA may impact compliance with standards issued under the ADA and the ABA.

Source Credit: U.S. Access Board
View Online: https://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/buildings-and-sites/about-the-ada-standards/guide-to-the-ada-standards/guidance-on-the-isa

 

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Uniform System For Parking For Persons With Disabilities

This federal regulation establishes the criteria for determining who qualifies for a parking placard or plate, requires reciprocity among the states, and recognizes the International Symbol of Accessibility as the identifying symbol.

Source Credit: U.S. Access Board
View Online: https://ecfr.io/Title-23/cfr1235_main

 

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‘People aren’t disabled, their city is’: inside Europe’s most accessible city

Breda, the Netherlands (The Guardian): On average, the cost of living for disabled people is £583 a month higher than for their non-disabled peers, a substantial amount of which goes towards paying for taxi journeys to mitigate inaccessible public transport options. Travelling is even costlier: disabled people often have to stay in more expensive accessible hotels when hostels and independent bed and breakfasts are not a viable, barrier-free option. Add in the cost of damaged equipment and medical bills from injury, and the feelings of fear and isolation that lack of access creates, and you have a recipe for cities that feel difficult and anxiety-inducing. But in the Dutch city of Breda–recent winner of the 2019 Access City Award–every effort has been made to improve accessibility for citizens with disabilities.

Source Credit: The Guardian
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2019-06-08T20:07:18+00:00Categories: Latest News|

Don’t get caught misbehaving by parking in the disabled hash marks

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) –Everyone pretty much knows you shouldn’t park in a disabled parking spot unless you have a valid disabled parking placard. However, with little disregard for the law, drivers do it every day.

What many drivers may not be aware of, are disabled access ramps or disabled hash marks.

Disabled hash marks are always right next to the disabled parking spot, and can be painted yellow of blue. Drivers are never permitted to park in or around the disabled access ramps. Not even for a few seconds.

Source Credit: azfamily.com
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2019-06-12T02:07:51+00:00Categories: Arizona, Everyone, Latest News|