Transportation Disadvantaged Taskforce AUGUST 2, 2017 DANIELLE MCGILL

Transportation Disadvantaged Taskforce AUGUST 2, 2017 DANIELLE MCGILL

Transportation Disadvantaged Taskforce AUGUST 2, 2017 DANIELLE MCGILL Overview Danielle McGill Transportation Advocate for Individuals with Disabilities Ann Storck Center

& Policy Leadership Fellow Perspective: Transit Rider & Transportation Professional Danielle McGill o o o o o o o

o o o Born with Cerebral Palsy Independent Passionate Advocate Former Taekwondo Instructor Assistant for children with developmental disabilities Disability Youth Leadership Ambassador for The Able Trust Disability Representative in Student Government at F.I.U. Club ABLED founder at F.I.U. Florida International University Graduate

Former Legislative Assistant Intern for State Senator Rene Garcia Policy Leadership Fellow at Ann Storck Center Transportation Advocate State Senator Garcia introduces SB 1086 to Transportation Committee The goal of the SB 1086 was to amend the Transportation for the Disadvantaged services authorizing the use of uniformed fare payment system to be used by individuals with disabilities while traveling cross-county boundaries to their destination. o Dedicated to enriching the lives of

children and adults with developmental disabilities o 1950s Ann Storck opened the Pediatric Care Center o In 1981 the Pediatric Care Center became Ann Storck Center, Inc. o PROGRAMS: Residential Services, Transportation Services, Adult Day Training, Early Intervention Preschool, Expressive Arts and Hi-Ability Therapy Program o Serving 300 individuals daily on 25,000 sq. feet of living and learning space Missions

Mobility Management Facilitation Program (MMFP) & Policy Leadership Fellow The Mobility Management Facilitation Program Community Transportation Connections: Enhancing Mobility for Every Ability at Ann Storck Center is focused on improving coordinated transportation systems for individuals

who are transportation disadvantaged within Broward and Palm Beach Counties. Policy Leadership Fellowship through SARTACs mission is similar to the MMFP, but will focus on advocacy for individuals with disabilities and transportation Policy Leadership Fellow Self Advocacy Resource and Technical

Assistance Center (SARTAC) National self-advocacy center created to share self-advocacy information and opportunities across the country Year-long opportunity for self-advocates to develop and grow their skills Fellow work on supporting host organization on policy issues or a project that help develop leadership skills. A Ride A Way Project Educate seniors and individuals with disabilities on tips about self-advocacy and safety while accessing transportation to health, education, employment and life sustaining services. Provide free resource information, instructional tools, and peer to peer support.

Cover a wide range of topics related to seniors and individuals with disabilities as part of their road to independence. Share instructional material, personal experience on travel training by using a fixed-route service and various modes of transportation. Create a Riders Advocacy Guide with learning tools to teach others how to advocate for themselves. Getting the Word Out! Benefits to Task Force PERSONAL EXPERIENCE Using Paratransit since 2004 4 Counties across Florida TRANSIT EXPERIENCES

Lack of travel training/education Long wait times No inter-county transfers Lack of proper notification for pick up Left at wrong locations

Not picked up Others impersonating me Unsafe transfer points/transit stops Impolite drivers Inoperable equipment Being on route for 2.5+ hours Benefits to Task Force PROFESSIONAL & PERSONAL EXPERIENCE Using Paratransit since 2004 4 Counties across Florida TRANSIT EXPERIENCES

Lack of travel training/education Long wait times No inter-county transfers Lack of proper notification for pick up Left at wrong locations Not picked up Others impersonating me Unsafe transfer points/transit stops

Impolite drivers Inoperable equipment Being on route for 2.5+ hours Moving Forward Situational Appraisal End User Survey Presentations to Advocacy Organizations Writing articles called Transit Diary Rider Insider, newsletters and blogs, Facebook Presentation at the Transportation Disadvantaged Legislative Day in Tallahassee, March 2018. Presentation at the SARTAC National Self

Advocacy Conference May 2018. My Goal: To share my personal insight, from a riders perspective about my daily challenges and encourage other riders in the community to share. Questions? The Journey to Independence is only A Ride Away Telephone: 888-825-TRIP (8747) Transit Email Address: [email protected] Please visit us at http://www.annstorckcenter.org/mobility-management-program

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