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National Advocate for Transportation for the Disabled to Present Seminar Sept. 8

Posted: Sep 3, 2008

Alan Abeson, a national advocate for rights for the disabled, will present a seminar on transportation, disability and public policy Monday, Sept. 8, at 3 p.m. in IACC 422.

Abeson's presentation will include some of the evolutionary developments in public policy with an emphasis on the Americans with Disabilities Act. He says that as public policy has recognized that disabled individuals have the right to live the same kind of lives as all others, they also must have access to accessible, affordable, safe and flexible public transportation to travel in and beyond their communities.

Recently retired, Abeson has served as the director of the Easter Sales Project ACTION and as the principal investigator for the National Center on Senior Transportation in Washington, D.C. During his career, he has worked extensively with many national disability organizations, human service organizations and transportation groups. Before joining Project ACTION in 2002, he was the executive director of the Arc of the United States for 15 years. Through his work, he was involved in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the initial version of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. His work has included a strong focus on working with governments at all levels to advance educational and other opportunities for children and adults with disabilities through improved public policy.

The seminar is the first in a series of presentations sponsored by the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute focusing on transportation and mobility issues and research. This semester the seminars will be held each Monday at 3 p.m. in IACC 422. For a list of presenters and topics, visit www.ugpti.org/training/seminar.php.

Published in NDSU's staff newsletter
It's Happening at State
Sept. 3, 2008

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