FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 23, 2020
RTC celebrates 30th anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
RTC to feature community advocates, organizations, transit drivers and others that have contributed to equal access for persons with disabilities
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LAS VEGAS – The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) this Sunday, July 26, by recognizing customers, drivers, advocates and community partners that have helped persons with disabilities obtain equal access to transportation. The RTC will be releasing a weeklong series of blog stories and videos highlighting these unique individuals and agencies that have advocated for equal opportunity and access and in effect, contributed to building our community.
Two of the featured individuals will be available for media interviews regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act and their contributions to equal access. The RTC also invites our media partners to tour our one-of-a-kind Mobility Training Center where every year hundreds of people with disabilities receive training on how to ride public transit independently.
WHO: Dan Howland, RTC paratransit and specialized services director
Jim Shampoe, RTC mobility training supervisor
Raquel O’Neill, Blindconnect president and disabilities advocate
WHEN: Monday, July 27
Time – Due to COVID-19, we are asking interested media outlets to RSVP by Friday, July 24. Please coordinate with listed media contacts.
WHERE: RTC Mobility Training Center
5165 W. Sunset Road
Las Vegas, NV 89118
Dan Howland oversees the RTC’s paratransit and specialized services division, and Jim Shampoe is the supervisor at the RTC’s Mobility Training Center (MTC), a 14,700-square-foot facility that brings the outdoors in, allowing people with disabilities and senior citizens to learn how to use transit service safely and properly. Mobility training assists individuals in developing the skills and confidence necessary to travel independently.
In addition to being a wife, mother and advocate for persons with disabilities and living with her own disability, Raquel O’Neill is the president of Blindconnect, a nonprofit that provides Nevada’s blind and visually impaired individuals with life skills training, support and other valuable resources. Blindconnect is a long-time partner of the RTC’s and has a 1,200-square-foot apartment housed within the MTC called Angela’s House, a training facility to prepare individuals and their families to live independently.
About the RTC
The RTC is the transit authority, designated metropolitan planning organization, regional traffic management agency and administrator of the Southern Nevada Strong comprehensive regional plan for the Las Vegas valley. The RTC’s vision is to provide a safe, convenient and effective regional transportation system that enhances mobility and air quality for citizens and visitors. The RTC encourages residents and visitors to use a variety of transportation choices to help reduce traffic congestion, clean the air and improve the quality of life in Southern Nevada. For more information about the RTC and its major initiatives or to download its transit app rideRTC, visit rtcsnv.com and stay informed by subscribing to our blog