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What information do you need to provide on an application for Access-A-Ride?

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The New York Metropolitan Transit Authority offers paratransit services through the Access-A-Ride program to individuals who complete an application containing their name, address, current mode of transportation, type of disability preventing travel and extent of disability preventing travel. The MTA requires applicants to bring medical documentation to an in-person assessment.

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Examples of information regarding the type of disability that Access-A-Ride applicants suffer include whether applicants can identify and understand subway destination signs, whether applicants can determine that they have reached their destination and if applicants can enter and exit public transportation without assistance. The MTA includes a list of disabilities and conditions for applicants to check, with specific conditions listed in different categories such as pulmonary disorders, general medical conditions, vision, neuromuscular disorders, orthopedic conditions and psychological disorders.

Examples of information about the extent of an applicant's disability required on the Access-A-Ride application include whether the disability is permanent or temporary, whether the applicant can travel unsupported or needs assistance, and whether the applicant makes use of a service animal to travel. The MTA asks applicants whether they require the services of a personal care assistant when traveling, and further asks what types of activities the personal care assistant helps with.

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