Aid for the disabled (1 - 10 of 28 items)
Library Services for Those with Disabilities: Additional Steps Needed to Ease Access to Services and Modernize Technology
GAO-16-355: Published: Apr 4, 2016. Publicly Released: Apr 4, 2016.
The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) is primarily used by older adults with visual disabilities, and NLS has taken some steps to ensure eligible users' access to and awareness of available services. In fiscal year 2014, about 70 percent of the program's 430,000 users were age 60 and older and almost 85 percent had visual disabilities, according to the most re...
Public Transit: FTA's Process for Overseeing Compliance with Federal Civil Rights Requirements Incorporates Key Federal Practices
GAO-13-697R: Published: Jul 25, 2013. Publicly Released: Jul 25, 2013.
GAO identified four methods the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), within the U.S. Department of Transportation, uses to assure that recipients of federal transit funding comply with civil rights requirements: 1) requiring recipients to self-certify that they assure compliance with applicable civil rights requirements; 2) issuing guidance to inform recipients of their responsibilities; 3) admin...
ADA Paratransit Services: Demand Has Increased, but Little is Known about Compliance
GAO-13-17: Published: Nov 15, 2012. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2012.
Little is known about the extent of transit agencies' compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) paratransit service requirements. FTA does receive some assurance that agencies are complying with federal statutes and regulations, including ADA paratransit requirements, because transit agencies that receive FTA funding are required to self-certify and assure that they are complying w...
Military and Veterans Disability System: Worldwide Deployment of Integrated System Warrants Careful Monitoring
GAO-11-633T: Published: May 4, 2011. Publicly Released: May 4, 2011.
This testimony discusses the efforts by the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) to integrate their disability evaluation systems. Wounded warriors unable to continue their military service must navigate DOD's and VA's disability evaluation systems to be assessed for eligibility for disability compensation from the two agencies. GAO and others have found problems with these syste...
Military and Veterans Disability System: Preliminary Observations on Evaluation and Planned Expansion of DOD/VA Pilot
GAO-11-191T: Published: Nov 18, 2010. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 2010.
Since 2007, the Departments of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) have been pilot testing a new disability evaluation system designed to integrate their separate processes and thereby expedite veterans' benefits for wounded, ill, and injured servicemembers. Having piloted the integrated disability evaluation system (IDES) at 27 military facilities, they are now planning for its expansion mili...
Highlights of a Forum: Actions That Could Increase Work Participation for Adults with Disabilities
GAO-10-812SP: Published: Jul 29, 2010. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2010.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)--now in its 20th year--calls for the full participation of individuals with disabilities in society, including the workforce. Yet, many barriers exist that may prevent them from staying connected or returning to employment. For instance, eligibility requirements for receiving public disability benefits or health coverage are not always consistent with help...
Voters with Disabilities: Additional Monitoring of Polling Places Could Further Improve Accessibility
GAO-09-941: Published: Sep 30, 2009. Publicly Released: Oct 27, 2009.
Voting is fundamental to our democracy, and federal law generally requires polling places to be accessible to all eligible voters for federal elections, including voters with disabilities. However, during the 2000 federal election, GAO found that only 16 percent of polling places had no potential impediments to access for people with disabilities. To address these and other issues, Congress enacte...
Voters With Disabilities: More Polling Places Had No Potential Impediments Than in 2000, but Challenges Remain
GAO-09-685: Published: Jun 10, 2009. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 2009.
Voting is fundamental to our democratic system, and federal law generally requires polling places to be accessible to all eligible voters, including those with disabilities. In response, states and localities have implemented provisions and practices addressing the accessibility of polling places. However, during the 2000 federal election, GAO found that only 16 percent of polling places had no po...
Transportation Accessibility: Lack of Data and Limited Enforcement Options Limit Federal Oversight
GAO-07-1126: Published: Sep 19, 2007. Publicly Released: Sep 19, 2007.
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) provides people with disabilities the legal right to access transportation and public rights-of-way, including sidewalks and street crossings. The Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Justice (DOJ) share responsibility for overseeing ADA compliance. GAO was asked to review federal oversight and enforcement of ADA compliance, includi...
Highlights of a Forum: Modernizing Federal Disability Policy
GAO-07-934SP: Published: Aug 3, 2007. Publicly Released: Aug 3, 2007.
Economic, medical, technological, and social changes have increased opportunities for persons with disabilities to live with greater independence and more fully participate in the workforce. In addition, social and legal changes have promoted the goal of greater inclusion of persons with disabilities in the mainstream of society. However, GAO's reviews of the largest federal disability programs in...