Public transportation is a lifeline for people with disabilities - a gateway to the entire community. Join us as we explore ways to make public transportation more available and accessible to those in northwest Ohio through a series of speakers and local panelists. The ADA Seminar is presented by The Ability Center annually and will provide an opportunity for professionals to learn about best practices in access to public transit for people with disabilities. ADA coordinators and anyone interested in disability rights advocacy should attend. Event partners include Toledo/Lucas County Commission on Disability and Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG). Seminar Agenda - Sept. 30, 2021 REGISTER HERE
Justice Shorter is a Disability Justice advocate and Black Disabled Lives Matter amplifier. She is a national expert on disability inclusive disaster protections, emergency management and humanitarian crises/conflicts.
While earning her MA in Sustainable Development: International Policy & Management, Justice authored three separate inclusion guides for the U.S. State Department and produced multiple people-centered projects via internships with The Hunger Project, World Learning and Women Enabled International. Justice also interned within the White House Office of Public Engagement & Intergovernmental Affairs where she focused on disability outreach efforts, social inclusion policies and federal agency engagement.
In more recent years, Justice served as a Disability Integration Advisor with the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, deploying frequently to disaster areas across America and its territories. She is also the co-creator of a celebrated framework for applying Disability Justice approaches to disaster assistance, an Emergency Management method that acknowledges histories of harm, centers intersectionality and prioritizes leadership by Black, Indigenous & People Of Color with disabilities. With a steadfast commitment to international development and inclusive humanitarian assistance, Justice continues to participate in ongoing projects as a global advisor and trainer.
Justice is currently the National Disaster Protection Advisor for the National Disability Rights Network where she advises the 57 federally mandated Protection & Advocacy agencies on any issues related to pandemics, fires, disasters and other emergencies.
Marissa Bechstein is a Transportation Planner with the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG). Her primary planning areas are long range planning, public transportation planning, and assisting with the Specialized Transportation 5310 program.
Marissa has a Masters in Public Administration and has been participating in regional planning over the last four years. During her career, she has worked with numerous community stakeholders and local governments identifying local and regional future needs and working on a variety of different tasks.
TMACOG members work on transportation, water quality, and other economic development endeavors that affect quality of life for everyone in our region. TMACOG’s role in transportation is to help plan roadways, rail, bike and pedestrian accommodations, and transit that will move goods and people safely and efficiently throughout the regions
The primary purpose is to serve in an advisory capacity to the Lucas County Commissioners, the Mayor of the City of Toledo, and the City Council directly on issues relating to the needs, problems, and other concerns of people with disabilities