As we have been discussing at LeCOBDA meetings and here on ChicagoDeafBlind, DeafBlind people have concerns about the accessibility and service of public transportation and paratransit services in the Chicagoland area. These are concerns that need to be addressed to the transit agencies, including CTA, PACE, and Metrarail.
There are two important ADA Advisory meetings coming up that are open to the public and we encourage you to try to show up at these meetings. Both will be held at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for planning at the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower.)
One good bit of news. The issue of getting appropriate text notification of paratransit pickups (which is a big concern that DeafBlind people have had for years) WILL be on the agenda for the upcoming May 14 meeting. And they are interested in learning more about what DeafBlind people experience using the transit services.
Here are the details:
May 14, 2013Joint PACE ADA City and Suburban Advisory Committee Willis Tower 233 S. Wacker Drive, 8th Floor Chicago, IL 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
May 20, 2013PACE ADA City of Chicago Advisory Committee Willis Tower 233 S. Wacker Drive, 8th Floor Chicago, IL 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
If you wish to attend these meetings and need an interpreter, you need to contact Linda Swedland, either via voice phone at (847) 228-4254 or email at email@example.com. Note that with this late notice, we may not be able to get interpreter accommodations in time for the May 14 meeting, but contact Linda anyway and let’s show DeafBlind representation at this meeting!
Be aware that the Willis Tower is a secured building. You may be required to show proof of identiication and go through a metal detector to enter the building.