The ride source service Lyft is partnering with national voting and non-profit organizations to provide low cost or free rides to individuals on election day. Many voters admit that transportation is their biggest obstacle to voting in local and national elections.
Lyft is available in all fifty states, but may not be available in local areas. Click here for a list of cities that offer Lyft service: https://www.lyft.com/rider/cities
The Lyft app is available on iOS and Android platforms.
The last day to register in vote in Texas for the November election is October 9th. You can pick up a voter registration application at various places like high schools and public libraries. You can also print a voter registration application here: https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/vrapp/index.asp
You must register at least 30 days before the election in order to be eligible to vote.
In many cities the Democratic Party will also provide free rides to polling places. Persons with disabilities may also vote by mail.
For more information on Lyft’s #TheRidetoVote initiative, visit https://blog.lyft.com/posts/2018/8/22/get-out-the-vote
More details will be available closer to Election Day, which is Tuesday, November 6th.
Starting at 5 pm on Friday, June 22nd, we will be closed to the public while we upgrade our computer system. We will reopen on Monday, July 2nd at 8 am. While we are closed, you may leave simple requests such as book orders or contact information changes on our voicemail, and they will be processed during our closure. We regret that we will not be able to call you back; if you need to speak to a staff member, please call back when normal hours resume on July 2nd.
Please do not visit the library between June 22nd and July 1st, as we cannot accommodate walk-in patrons during the closure.
You may also contact us via e-mail at email@example.com. While we are closed, email requests will be processed, but no replies will be sent.
Thank you for your patience while we make this important transition.
Comenzando a las 5:00 pm el Viernes 22 de Junio, estaremos cerrados al público mientras actualizamos nuestro sistema informático. Abriremos de nuevo el Lunes 22 de Julio a las 8:00 am. Durante nuestra clausura, usted puede dejar mensajes sencillos en nuestro correo de voz, como ordenes de libros o cambios en su información de contacto (teléfono, dirección, etc.) Esas solicitudes serán procesadas durante la clausura. Sentimos no poder regresar las llamadas durante ese tiempo; si necesita hablar con un miembro del personal, por favor llámenos cuando reanudemos nuestras horas hábiles el 2 de Julio.
No podremos admitir visitas en persona del 22 de Junio al 1ero de Julio, ya que no estaremos capacitados para ayudar usuarios durante nuestra clausura. Usted puede mandarnos mensajes por correo electrónico a firstname.lastname@example.org. Durante nuestra clausura sí procesaremos solicitudes recibidas por correo electrónico, pero no mandaremos respuestas.
Gracias por su paciencia durante esta importante transición.
Seniors Without Walls is a free telephone and web-based service that offers a wealth of programs for persons aged 60 and older. More than 70 programs are available, in categories such as fun and games, conversation, languages, philosophy and religion, meditation, arts, reading, writing, special interest, supportive groups, health and wellness, etc. A few groups are available in Spanish. Sessions run from thirty minutes to an hour. Seniors Without Walls is a California-based program that now has more than 1000 participants in 35 states. The service is a great resource for seniors wanting phone and online interaction, continuing education, and entertainment.
For more information, please call 877-797-7299 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time) or visit www.seniorswithoutwalls.org
The Texas State Independent Living Council is hosting a virtual conversation about TNC’s – Transportation Network Companies – also know as ride sharing companies. Ride sharing is becoming very popular and increasingly necessary in large cities like Dallas, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio.
This webinar is free, and will take place on Tuesday, August 15th, from 2 – 3 pm Central Time. To register, please visit: https://events-na1.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/2336834197/en/events/event/shared/default_template/event_registration.html?sco-id=2339069869&_charset_=utf-8
People with disabilities, their families, caregivers, and professionals in the field of disability are invited to attend.
Beginning in August of this year, Ride Austin, a local ride sharing service, will partner with the Community Care Collaborative to provide free transportation to medical appointments or pharmacies. The doctors or pharmacies must be part of the Community Care Collaborative. Funding for this service is being provided by a grant from the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas.
Ride Austin is a non-profit transportation network company that serves Travis and portions of surrounding counties. The medical transportation service will initially be available only to residents of Travis county.
For more information about Ride Austin, please visit their web site: http://www.rideaustin.com/
Collin County Transit is a new taxi voucher service available for people who are elderly or have disabilities and live in the McKinney area. The service operates on weekdays only from 6 am to 6 pm.
For more information, including a service overview, eligibility, and questions regarding fares and payment, please visit:
https://www.dcta.net/routes-schedules/other-dcta-services/collin-county-transit or call 940-243-0077. Registration is required before individuals are able to use the service.
GoGoGrandparent is a transportation service available throughout the United States and Canada that works with existing Transportation Network Companies (TNC’s) such as Uber and Lyft to provide transportation options for seniors.
One difference with GoGoGrandparent, besides the fact that it is specifically for seniors, is that you don’t use a smartphone app like most companies. Once you sign up for the service, you call 855-464-6872 or 855-GOGO-USA when you need a ride. Rides may be scheduled a day in advance, but the preference is to call about 15 minutes before you want to be picked up from a location. Prices can be higher during peak travel times.
The vehicles used are four door sedans and individuals must be able to transfer independently from folding wheelchairs or with the use of walkers. Payment is made by a credit card kept on file, so no money is exchanged with the driver. Seniors may go wherever they wish and up to 100 miles away; they are not limited only to doctor appointments or shopping. In addition, seniors may take people with them; there is a limit of four passengers per vehicle.
For more information, visit https://gogograndparent.com/
An FAQ is available at: https://gogograndparent.com/faq
NOTE: Gogograndparent is not available in all areas. The web site allows you to put in your zip code to determine if you have access to the service.
Here are three upcoming events sponsored by the AFB Center on Vision Loss in Dallas:
1) The seminar entitled: Balance: Getting Back to Basics has been re-scheduled.
New date: Thursday, April 20th
Time: noon – 3 pm
Location: AFB Center on Vision Loss, 11030 Ables Lane in Dallas
RSVP to: Neva Fairchild at email@example.com or call 214-438-5316
Lunch will be provided.
2) The Balance Intervention Study has also been re-scheduled
New dates: Thursday, April 20th, or Friday, April 21st, by appointment, for pre-test assessments
Location: AFB Center on Vision Loss, 11030 Ables Lane in Dallas
Contact: Neva Fairchild at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-438-5316
This study consists of a 12 week training program designed for individuals who are 55 years or older and have vision loss. Study participants will have access to balance equipment and Tai Chi classes. Pre and post tests will be conducted.
3) Free self-defense class for the visually-impaired community
Date: Friday, April 28th
Time: 10 am
Location: Grand Room, Sedona Village Senior Living, 2800 Sedona Ranch Drive in Fort Worth
RSVP to: Terry at 940-206-6829
This specialized class is specifically for individuals who use white canes.