Making parking accessible for people with mobility disabilities, deterring and detecting disabled placard/plate abuse, and complying with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards have been complex issues for the parking industry for a long time—and the problem is growing more complicated with an aging population.

A new, downloadable, 24-page guide, “Let’s Make Accessible Parking More Accessible: A Practical Guide to Addressing Disabled Placard Abuse and Other Parking Issues for People with Disabilities,” offered at no charge by the International Parking & Mobility Institute (IPMI)-led Accessible Parking Coalition, provides a roadmap for parking and mobility professionals as well as other stakeholders.

The APC guide outlines the scope of the problem with statistics to help make the case to decision-makers in your community, and addresses multi-faceted issues including transitioning to a pay-for-accessible-parking system.  Also covered:  the value of partnering with advocates for people with disabilities, deterring fraudulent use of disabled placards/plates, parking design and streetscape features that interfere with access, misuse of access aisles for van-accessible parking spaces, empathetic signage, technological solutions, enforcement issues, citizen activism, and more.

Packed with real-life examples of successful solutions and specific action items, the guide is an invaluable resource for anyone dealing with accessible on- or off-street parking, parking design, management, operations, or enforcement.

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The mission of the nonprofit Accessible Parking Coalition, established by the International Parking & Mobility Institute along with founding member organizations that include government agencies and advocacy groups, is to eliminate disabled placard/plate abuse and improve access to parking for people with disabilities. IPMI is the largest association of parking & mobility professionals in the world.

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