COVID-19’s transportation implications for people with disabilities

To understand the profound impact transportation has on individuals living with disabilities, we have to acknowledge their increased risk of contracting COVID-19, either from underlying health conditions or from the lack of social distancing due to required care or other essential supports. The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund warns, “The virus itself hits people with underlying conditions harder, and long-standing discrimination in our healthcare system means that people with disabilities are most likely to bear the burden of ‘rationing’ measures that hospitals and providers will put into place as patient needs strain the resources of the U.S. healthcare system.” The “rationing” measures imposed on people living with disabilities does not end with the U.S. health care system; it extends further to our nation’s transportation services and mobility management sector.