[NFBV-Potomac-Announce] FW: <External>RE: Travel training for summer shutdown
jwh100 at outlook.com
Sun Jul 14 16:16:30 UTC 2019
I Apologize for the delay in forwarding this important announcement from David, but I was at our convention and just now saw the message.
From: Shaffer, David J. [mailto:DShaffer at wmata.com]
Sent: Friday, July 5, 2019 12:59 PM
To: 'Tracy Soforenko' <tracy.soforenko at gmail.com>
Cc: John Halverson <jwh100 at outlook.com>; Annette Carr <amcarr1 at verizon.net>; Evelyn <evelyn.valdez212 at gmail.com>
Subject: RE: <External>RE: Travel training for summer shutdown
Hello John, Evelyn and Annette,
As I mentioned to Tracy, we are considering offering additional travel training sessions around the stations closed for the Yellow/Blue line shutdown. We have three O&M Specialist available under contract with Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind. We can provide some group classes or we can expedite individual travel training around the shutdown.
I would appreciate you sending out an notice to your members about this program and ask anyone who is interested in such sessions to call us at 202-962-2703 or email to traveltraining at wmata.com<mailto:traveltraining at wmata.com>.
If people have concerns or issues that we can address to make the summer easier for our Blind and low vision customers, please have people contact me directly.
Also, we will be announcing an RFP for an audio navigation system in our rail and bus system in the next month. Please let me know if you would like me to speak on this at any of your meetings.
DAVID J. SHAFFER
ACCESS POLICY OFFICER
SECTION 508 COORDINATOR
From: Tracy Soforenko <tracy.soforenko at gmail.com<mailto:tracy.soforenko at gmail.com>>
Sent: Friday, July 5, 2019 12:27 PM
To: Shaffer, David J. <DShaffer at wmata.com<mailto:DShaffer at wmata.com>>
Cc: John Halverson <jwh100 at outlook.com<mailto:jwh100 at outlook.com>>; Annette Carr <amcarr1 at verizon.net<mailto:amcarr1 at verizon.net>>; Evelyn <evelyn.valdez212 at gmail.com<mailto:evelyn.valdez212 at gmail.com>>
Subject: <External>RE: Travel training for summer shutdown
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Sounds like a good idea. The challenge will be scheduling.
Annette Carr runs our Fairfax Chapter.
Evelyn Valdez runs our Greater Alexandria Chapter.
John Halverson runs our Arlington/Falls Church (Potomac) Chapter.
All are carbon copied on this message.
Also, we will be announcing our RFP for an audio navigation beacon wayfinding systems
Please reach out to them.
President, National Federation of the Blind of Virginia
Tracy.soforenko at gmail.com<mailto:Tracy.soforenko at gmail.com>
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From: Shaffer, David J. <DShaffer at wmata.com<mailto:DShaffer at wmata.com>>
Sent: Friday, July 05, 2019 10:39 AM
To: 'Tracy.soforenko at gmail.com' <Tracy.soforenko at gmail.com<mailto:Tracy.soforenko at gmail.com>>
Subject: Travel training for summer shutdown
In response to customer complaints and the articles in the Post, we are conducting outreach to see if blind riders would benefit from some group travel training sessions at the stations that are closed for the platform repair project in NVA.
Could you assist by providing me the email addresses of the Presidents of the various NFB chapters in NVA? If you happened to have any ACB contacts or other thoughts about who we should contact, I would greatly appreciate it.
DAVID J. SHAFFER
ACCESS POLICY OFFICER
SECTION 508 CORRDINATOR
WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA TRANSIT AUTHORITY
DEPARTMENT OF ACCESS SERVICES
Office of ADA Policy and Planning
600 Fifth St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
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