Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Taking Advantage of State, Regional, and Local Mobility Management Forums

Contributed by Judy Shanley

Easter Seals Project ACTION (ESPA) was fortunate to be invited to conduct presentations at recent state and regional meetings around coordinated transportation planning including the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) Brownbag and the Work Without Limits Bi-Annual Transportation Meeting, a Massachusetts project supported in part by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health & Human Services (EOHHS), Human Service Transportation Office. A range of human services and transit professionals listened as ESPA shared resources related to: engaging a broad range of human services and transit professionals in coordinated planning and mobility management, describing lessons learned from the Mobility Management Independent Living Coaches Program, facilitating connections across education and transit, and building travel training statewide systems.

Attendees discussed topics and provided examples of their work related to leveraging resources, developing strategic and new partnerships, and measuring performance all along the way. As Tanja Ryden of the Human Service Transportation Office in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services observed, “State, regional, and local forums offer a rich environment to identify new partners in mobility management and share information to maximize the use of resources across communities.” If you are interested in finding coordination efforts underway in your state, check out the National Resource Center’s state by state listing.


  1. there is no easter seal in east tx -nacogdoches how does it help vets and other people who are handicaped?

  2. Easter Seals is a partner in a national initiative focused on improving transportation and mobility for veterans and military families. As you noted, while there may not be local Easter Seals programs in the immediate area, there may be transportation providers that could assist veterans and their families in getting rides. Please call 800-659-6428 to discuss how we can assist you and to get information on additional transportation resources in East Texas.

    Additionally, Easter Seals is working with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to provide a Program of Comprehensive Support to eligible caregivers of post-9/11 veterans. The caregiver training is provided through face to face classes, a workbook and DVD on the Web. For more information about this program, contact the VA Caregiver Support Line at 855-260-3274 or contact Easter Seals at