There will be a MARTA meeting regarding the current changes that have been made to the MARTA Mobility Service. MV and MTM are the two companies that have been contracted to take over the MARTA Mobility Paratransit Service and recertification.
The meeting will be held:
Where: CVI, 739 W. Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA
When: Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Time: 4:15 pm – 6:00 pm
Representatives from both companies will be in attendance to address any concerns and answer questions regarding travel issues and recertification.
Please make every effort to attend this very important meeting and feel free to pass on this information to other blind and visually impaired persons who utilize this service.
Last week, Senator Heller from Nevada introduced an amendment to the Senate’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to include the same Space Available language that you already helped pass in the House NDAA last month. This is the first time we've ever been able to get an amendment for Space Available introduced in the Senate. This amendment currently has two cosponsors, Senators Tester from Montana and Ayotte from New Hampshire, but we need more support.
Please call your senators and urge them to cosponsor amendment S.A. 4235 to the Senate NDAA so that all veterans with disabilities rated as total can participate in the Space Available Program, not just those injured on or after September 23, 1996. We expect the Senate to begin debating the NDAA next week so time is of the essence for us to build support for our legislation. If we can get this amendment through the Senate, we will only need a signature from the President to end the disparate treatment of our courageous vets in the Space Available Program based on which war they fought in.
The US Capitol switchboard number is (202) 224-3121. The fact sheet is available at: https://nfb.org/equal-access-air-travel-service-disabled-veterans. If you have any questions, feel free to email or call Derek Manners, Advocacy and Policy Analyst, at DManners@nfb.org or (410) 659-9314, extension 2210.
Please share this message widely throughout the Federation.
Thank you for all that you do.
Mark A. Riccobono, President
National Federation of the Blind
There are two matters pending in the Senate that require our attention this week. First, we need to engage members of the Senate to make the Marrakesh Treaty a top priority in 2016. Please call your Senators and urge them to support the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty and help make more published works available to blind people.
Secondly, please urge your Senators to include the language of S. 2596 (our Space Available legislation in the Senate) in the base language of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
I am so thankful for the excellent work you do because no organization moves a legislative agenda like the National Federation of the Blind. Please call both of your Senators today! The number to the Capitol Switchboard is (202) 224-3121.
Thanks again for all you do to make sure blind Americans can live the lives we want.