Reaching Jobseekers and Employees with Disabilities in Underserved Communities

Geographic equity and transportation

Transportation is consistently one of the top three barriers that people who are blind face in obtaining and retaining employment. Just as a start, equitable transportation requires ensuring that public transportation services are reliable, affordable and convenient; where public transportation is inconvenient, vouchers or discounts for private transportation options are available; and people have the orientation and mobility skills necessary to use the options available in their community. The Department of Labor should continue to work with RSA and the Department of Transportation to build equitable, accessible transportation networks, including bus, rail, paratransit, pedestrian, and ridesharing options with the greatest possible coverage. Expanding the reach of accessible transportation options to underserved urban and rural communities alike will address the reach and effectiveness of workforce development and employment initiatives.

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Idea No. 680