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Transportation: Making Connections Event to Explore Opportunities and Solutions for People With Disabilities
Date:5/7/2008

Connecticut Residents with Disabilities, Employers and the Connecticut

Economy Benefit From Accessible Transportation Options
HARTFORD, Conn., May 7 /PRNewswire/ --

WHAT:

The Connecticut Department of Social Services/Bureau of Rehabilitation

Services Connect-Ability Initiative and the Connecticut Department of

Transportation will host the first "Transportation: Making Connections"

forum to:

-- Highlight current transportation options for people with disabilities,

and the vital importance of public transportation to our state's

economic development and growth;

-- Provide unique opportunity to broaden partnerships and share creative

solutions to increase accessible transportation to reduce barriers to

employment for the more than 250,000 residents who have a physical

disability;

-- Learn about DOT's Service Initiative, Phase 2.

Transportation: Making Connections coincides with National Transportation Week and will feature a panel discussion, success stories and a demonstration of public transit options, including the fuel cell bus, ADA paratransit van, accessible taxi and personal vehicle modification vendors. Event attendees include key state agencies, employers, individuals with disabilities, and advocacy organizations.

WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, May 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.*

Connecticut Expo Center

285 Reverend Moody Expressway, Hartford

* Interview opportunities and transportation options

demonstration available from noon to 1 p.m.

WHO:

-- Claudette Beaulieu, Deputy Commissioner, CT Department of Social

Services (DSS)

-- Albert A. Martin, Deputy Commissioner, CT Department of Transportation

-- Peggy Griffin, Office of Civil Rights, Federal Transit Administration

-- Michael Sanders, Transit Administrator, CT Department of Transportation

-- Brenda Moore, Director, CT DSS Bureau of Rehabilitation Services

-- Amy Porter, Bureau Chief, Connect-Ability, CT DSS Bureau Rehabilitation

Services

-- Gloria Mills, Connecticut Association for Community Transportation

-- Pat Williams, Director of Paratransit, Greater Hartford Transit

District

-- Louis Schulman, Administrator, Norwalk Transit District

-- Jonathan Rubell, Mobility Manager, The Kennedy Center, Trumbull, CT

The first "Transportation: Making Connections" event is being hosted by Connecticut's Department of Social Services/Bureau of Rehabilitation Services' Connect-Ability Initiative and the Connecticut Department of Transportation. Funded by a Department of Social Services grant received from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Connect-Ability is seeking ways to support the competitive employment of people with disabilities and develop a comprehensive system of employment supports for people with disabilities.


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