A live/work/play/grow community of services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families located in Southwestern Ohio
THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS!
UNDERSTANDING THE NEED
*According to a study done in 2008 for the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, In 2000, one in six Miami Valley residents (149,458) reported at least one long-lasting
physical, mental, or emotional condition making it difficult or impeding the individual’s ability
to go outside the home or to work. The population with disabilities is expected to grow across all
counties in the MVRPC region from 2000 to 2030 by 14.6% to 181,096 persons with disabilities.
By the year 2030, one in five Miami Valley residents will have one or more disabilities.
By 2030, persons with disabilities are projected to be dispersed beyond the boundaries of
the City of Dayton to the northwest and southeast (Figure 2). A concentration of persons with
disabilities is also expected in the cities of Kettering and Fairborn.
American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD):
Though people with disabilities live in every community, our transportation policy has undermined the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA) promise of equal opportunity in transportation for people with disabilities, resulting in isolation from jobs, housing, health care, and education. As policymakers discuss such important issues as how best to rebuild and repair our nation’s roads, bridges, railways, and ports, and where and how to prioritize investments in public transportation, it is vital that they take into consideration the needs of people with disabilities.
People with disabilities make up about 6 million (40 percent) of the almost 15 million people in this country who have difficulties getting the transportation they need. Because many people with disabilities do not have the option to drive cars, lack of access to other modes of transportation disproportionately harms them.
About 560,000 people with disabilities never leave home because of transportation difficulties.[2 ]
Twenty years after passage of the ADA, transportation choices for people with disabilities are still extremely limited. The ADA has led to major improvements in transit systems across the United States; however, there are persistent gaps in compliance that continue to create significant barriers for people with disabilities.
Accessible transportation options—including accessible buses, railway systems, taxis, and paratransit—allow people with disabilities important opportunities in education, employment, health care, housing, and participation in community life.
People with disabilities who live in rural communities face even greater barriers to accessible transportation. A significant lack of funding to rural communities means that public transportation, and especially accessible transportation, is often in very short supply.
The unemployment rate of people with disabilities is 12.9 percent. The unemployment rate for people without disabilities is 8.7 percent.[ 3]
The lack of transportation options in many communities is a major barrier to employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Without access to transportation, people with disabilities will not be part of society’s economic environment and will continue to be alienated from the economic mainstream, thus causing a myriad of other problems, like homelessness and institutionalization.
Safe and accessible rights-of-way are essential elements of community life. Rights-of-way include streets, sidewalks, crosswalks, curb ramps, crossing signals, street parking, and other public infrastructure, and are crucial to viable transportation for people with disabilities.
Because many individuals with disabilities have increased health care needs, isolation from providers can have a profound impact on quality of life, health, and safety. Accessible transportation options can make the difference between health care access and isolation for adults and the children in their care.
BUILD A VAN
Our next major campaign is to fund at least (2) 9-passenger vans so we can begin providing non-medical transportation to local individuals with intellectual disabilities.
We are researching and applying for grants to help fund our campaign, but most of them only fund a portion of the cost.
That's where you come in! You can make a donation that goes directly toward our transportation campaign! We're calling it "Build a Van!". You can fund a wheel, a door, a seat, or a mirror! No donation is too small. The need for non-medical transportation in our community is so great. Lack of transportation is the #1 reason that one in six Miami Valley Residents with a disability finds it difficult to go outside the home or to work.* And that number is expected to grow. By 2030, one in five Miami Valley Residents will have one or more disabilities.