Whether its getting to work or to a movie, traveling around a city like Philadelphia can be difficult for individuals with disabilities. There are services available which can help. SEPTA provides specialized services for individuals with disabilities and senior citizens (Paratransit and Shared-ride). SEPTA also has an advisory committee which communicates the needs of people with disabilities to SEPTA. SEPTA 215-580-7800 and TDD/TTY 215-580-7853
Accessible Services - SEPTA offers a variety of accessible services for individuals with disabilities and senior citizens.
Customized Community Transportation Hotline
215-580-7145 or TDD 215-580-7712.
SEPTA Advisory Committee - communicates the needs of individuals with disabilities to SEPTA.
Paratransit Information - How Mobile Data Terminals (MDT) work?
Paratransit Advocacy Project - Liberty Resources
Transportation Advocacy Project
Advocacy project run by people with disabilities to improve bus, train, and taxi transportation across Pennsylvania. Sponsors of Rolling Justice, Freedom Ride, Rural Transportation Summit, Regional Forums and Roundtables and the Pennsylvania Transportation Alliance.
Mobility Alternatives Program (MAP)
The Mobility Alternatives Program can help you find alternative ways of getting around. Map can help you and your co-workers take advantage of programs like Compass, Transit Check, and Share A Ride.
AAA Barrier-Free Travel - AAA has issued a series of books entitled "AAA Barrier-Free Travel" which are specifically aimed at travelers with disabilities. The books address facility specifications for lodging, restaurants and tourist attractions in New York, Washington D.C., California, Hawaii, Las Vegas, and Central Florida.
Details include the heights of bed frames, sinks, desks, coin slots on public phones, distances between a bed and the wall, and the availability of Braille menus and TDD phone kits. Facilities are also rated on the accessibility. Books are $12.95 at bookstores, AAA offices, or online at www.aaa.com.
Philadelphia City Maps
Philadelphia Regional Map
Mapquest - Online directions
PennDot Driver and Vehicle Services
Locate a driver license center, download forms to register your car, renew your license, get special plates, and more.
Philadelphia International AIRPORT 1-800-phl-gate
"Airport Guide for Travelers with Disabilities."
Highly recommended. No one using the airport with disabilities should be without it. Get your free copy by calling 215-937-6937.
American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today (ADAPT)
ADAPT focuses on promoting services in the community instead of warehousing people with disabilities in institutions and nursing homes. The Philadelphia ADAPT contacts are:
- Jimmi Schrode 215-634-2000
- Erik von Schmetterling 215/627-7255 v/tty
- Nancy Salandra 215-634-2000 215-634-2272 215-568-3519 v/tty
Send Jimmi-or-Eric E-Mail
UCP Accessible Destinations and Transportation
AccessAble Vehicles for People with Disabilities
Adaptive vehicle site includes The Disability Link Barn with links to ADA, products, news, funding, chat & vocational disAbility sites.
Project Action Accessible Traveler’s Database
With the need for more direct information about accessible services among users, travel agents, tour coordinators and tour guides, KFH Group, Inc. has developed a comprehensive database of accessible transit services in the United States that is friendly both to the user and the travel industry, and accessible through the World Wide Web.
Vehicle Modification Contacts – Here are some telephone numbers for vehicle modification – Chrysler, 800-255-9877; General Motors, 800-323-9935; Ford, 800-952-2248; Saturn, 800-553-6000 (press 3). Compensation for new vehicles’ modifications are sometimes available from individual manufacturers based on certain restrictions. It’s worth a call if you’re buying a new van.