The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects the rights of disabled people to access walkways (wheelchair accessible, etc.), use restaurant facilities and generally enjoy the same level of access as non-disabled people. This also includes equal access to transportation. Providing reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities as well as carefully considering the safety and accessibility of the physical location of classes.
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation Title V1 Program ensures no person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or
be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving financial assistance from the Department of Transportation on the grounds of race, color and national origin.
- The nation’s poorest families spend more than 40% of their take home pay on transportation. This is not a small point since African American households tend to earn less money than white households.
- In the 1990s, two pieces of legislation, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act and the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, increased community involvement and awareness of civil rights issues in transportation planning. But discrimination, while certainly less overt, remains today.
- Nationally, only 7% of white households do not own a car, compared with 24% of African american households, 17% of Latino households, and 13% of Asian-american households.
- Transportation is a basic ingredient for quality of life indicators, such as health, education, employment, economic development, access to municipal services, residential mobility and environmental quality. Transportation continues to be a civil rights issue.
How can YIA make yoga more accessible? Virtual Classes/partnering with organizations in which clients attend for other services/ connecting with community centers
that provide transportation for various services such as yoga/arranging classes to be held at organizations/centers.
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