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ADA Advisory Committee

Purpose and Responsibilities

The ADA Advisory Committee was established by the authority of the Chicago Transit Board. It serves in an advisory capacity to the CTA. Its purpose is to provide the CTA with recommendations on the CTA’s compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), facilitate a dialogue between the CTA and the disability community, and increase the use of the CTA’s services by people with disabilities.

The responsibilities of the Committee include:

  • To represent the diverse needs and interests of the diversity of people with disabilities 
  • To provide comment on CTA’s current services, policies and practices 
  • To provide informed input on the development and assessment of future CTA projects and services that impact people with disabilities

Members

The Committee has up to 12 members. They are chosen from qualified applicants by the Chair of the Chicago Transit Board, based on their ability to represent a cross section of the community of people with disabilities in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Current Committee members are:

  • Angela Davis, Chair & Disability Advocate
  • Melissa Fuller, Vice Chair & National Federation of the Blind
  • Bridget Hayman, Access Living
  • Laura Isaacs, Diverse Abilities & Allies BRG at Grant Thornton, LLP
  • Michele Lee, ADA 25 Advancing Leadership
  • Donna Shaw, Disability Advocate for the Deaf Community
  • Amber Smock, Access Living

Become a committee member

Are you a regular CTA rider who lives in the CTA service area? Do you care about transit accessibility issues? Are you able to represent the interests of people with varied disabilities? If you answered “Yes” to all of these questions, CTA needs you!

The CTA is looking for five new members for its ADA Advisory Committee. The Committee meets quarterly at CTA headquarters, 567 W. Lake Street, Chicago, IL, 60661. As a member of the Committee, you will be able to provide feedback and offer suggestions regarding CTA’s mainline transit services.

Completion of an ADA Advisory Committee Application is required in order to be considered for Committee membership.

Applications are due NO LATER THAN 5 PM ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2018.

Facilitator

Committee meetings are facilitated by the CTA’s Manager of ADA Compliance Programs, Amy Serpe. She can be reached at aserpe@transitchicago.com or (312) 681-2608.

Meetings

Meeting Dates 

The Committee meeting dates for 2018 are:

  • Monday, January 14, 2019
  • Monday, April 8, 2019*
  • Monday, July 8, 2019*
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019

*Corrected dates as of Oct. 31, 2018.

Meeting Times

The Committee meets quarterly on the second Monday of the quarter, unless there is a holiday. The meeting time is 1:30-4:00 p.m., which includes a 15 minute period for public comment. Check for meeting notices a few days in advance of meetings for additional information and see the committee's Public Comment Policy (and form).

Meeting Location

Committee meetings are open to the public. They are held at CTA headquarters, 567 W. Lake Street, Chicago, Illinois in the Boardroom, which is located on the second floor. The Boardroom can be accessed either by the stairs at the north end of the building lobby or by the elevator located near the stairs.

Meeting Access

Committee meetings are held in a location accessible to individuals who use mobility devices. Sign Language Interpreters are provided at all meetings. Individuals requiring other reasonable accommodations must notify the Manager of ADA Compliance Programs at least 5 business days prior to a meeting.