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53CD30CC8E1795CC87258727006E62E3 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For PRESENTATION FROM COLORADO CROSS DISABILITY COALITION

INTERIM COMMITTEE  TRANSPORTATION LEGISLATION REVIEW COMMITTEE
Date Aug 4, 2021      
Location Old State Library



Presentation from Colorado Cross Disability Coalition - Committee Discussion Only


02:05:45 PM  
Julie Reiskin, Executive
Director representing the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition (CCDC), provided
information about her organization.  CCDC provided a PowerPoint presentation
(Attachment K).  Transportation is a huge issue for the community
that CCDC represents.  Jaime Lewis, Chair of the Advisory Committee
for Transit, representing CCDC talked about experiences with the Regional
Transportation District (RTD).  RTD offers Access-A-Ride which provides
food delivery, transportation to medical appointments, and the opportunity
to get out.  Mr. Lewis talked about transportation and independence
and CCDC's work with RTD to bring back services and make changes to services.

02:13:13 PM  
In rural areas some
folks are making their own travel arrangements to medical appointments
and applying for reimbursement.  Wait times for reimbursement are
long and amounts received are often less than expenses.  Transportation
through the Department of Human Services can be complex to use, that is
why CCDC supports public transit that serves everyone.  
02:17:52 PM  
Transportation network
companies are a great option for some members, such as blind individuals.
 However, there is no support for individuals using wheel chairs.
 Government involvement could be helpful in requiring transportation
for individuals using wheel chairs.  Buses provide a good option.
02:19:30 PM  
The top three emerging
Issues at this time, identified by CCDC, are partnerships between counties
and municipalities; increased population in cities; and ride share programs.
 Ride share programs may need to look at accomodations for the disabled
community.  Mr. Lewis talked about a possible tax to provide disabled
access to cars as well as relief for RTD.
02:22:11 PM  
Mr. Lewis touched
on possible local government programs to ensure clear sidewalks for sight
impaired individuals.
02:23:13 PM  
CCDC touched on additional
participation in the RTD accessibility committees.  Medical transportation
gaps in service were discussed, including the unavailability of same day
rides.  Ambulance services are often used instead.  In addition,
coming home from the hospital can be challenging, as well as transportation
for mental health treatment.






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