Today’s episode is about paratransit with guests Denise DiNoto and Jess Moye. Our last episode was about public transit and paratransit is specific type taken by some people with disabilities and older adults. Denise and Jessica share their experiences using paratransit services from their local communities and how much labor they expend just to be able to go out and do what they want to do.
Wilson, Britney. (April 1, 2018). Stuck in Neutral: The Americans with Disabilities Act and the State of Paratransit Service in New York City. Center for Constitutional Rights.
Wilson, Britney. (September 2017). On NYC’s Paratransit, Fighting for Safety, Respect, and Human Dignity. Longreads.com
US Government Accountability Office. (November 2012). ADA Paratransit Services: Demand Has Increased, but Little is Known about Compliance.
Denise DiNoto is a former speech-language pathologist, writer and disability advocate. She is employed as the Communications and Outreach Specialist at Consumer Directed Choices and spends her work days promoting self-directed home care for seniors and people with disabilities.
In 1990, at the age of sixteen, Denise left her home state of New York for her year as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student to Tasmania (Australia) becoming one of the first students with a mobility impairment to successfully complete an exchange. Denise is now a Rotarian – President of the Colonie-Guilderland Rotary Club. She is also a member of the Stratton VA Toastmasters and Past President of The College of Saint Rose Alumni Association.
Denise was named Ms. Wheelchair New York 2001, and went on to become First Runner Up at Ms. Wheelchair America 2002. She volunteered as the state coordinator of Ms. Wheelchair New York for 12 years, creating a program that is hosting the 15th Ms. Wheelchair New York pageant next month. Denise also served on the Ms. Wheelchair America Board of Directors for 10 years – as Secretary, Vice President and Executive Director. Most recently, she had the honor of being a judge at Ms. Wheelchair America 2018.
Jess Moye is a 30 something Afro Latinx, Queer, Disabled, Activist from Queens NY. They enjoy discussing intersectionality, discovering new music, and rewarding themselves with cupcakes when the mood strikes.
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Lateef McLeod, Introduction
Mike Mort, Artwork
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Artist: Wheelchair Sports Camp
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