January 15, 2020 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm America/Chicago Timezone
Moody Gardens Hotel
Seven Hope Boulevard
TX 77554
Sarah Gernsbacher

Transportation Works: Stop, Collaborate, and Listen!

Texas State Independent Living Council (SILC) has partnered with the Mounting Horizons Center For Independent Living (MHCIL) to host the fourth annual accessible transportation summit. Transportation Works: Stop, Collaborate, and Listen! will be held in Galveston, Texas and will focus on efforts to expand inclusive transportation for all Texans.

Through this initiative, Texas SILC hopes to initiate a stakeholder dialogue comprising of traditional transportation collaborators as well as organizations that comprise the coalition of proponents of the Independent Living Movement and create sustainable change by taking steps to increasing accessible transportation in Texas. There are nearly 1.9 million Texans with disabilities who report not leaving their home due to inadequate transportation services (TCDD website, http://tcdd.texas.gov/transportation-barriers-texas/, October 20, 2015). This event will also focus on methods for consumers to create change in the community by hearing from transportation experts and policymakers on plans for Galveston and Texas, learning advocacy techniques and strategies for engaging policymakers, and discovering new innovations or resources that may increase mobility in your community.

The accessible transportation summit will be held on January 15, 2020, in Galveston, Texas from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Moody Gardens Hotel.

Come participate in helping keep Texans on the move and ensuring Texans with disabilities can thrive in their communities.


Registration is free for consumers (people with disabilities). There will be a $40 fee for all other participants. This fee includes admission, breakfast, and lunch on the day of the event. If you need any assistance registering for the event, please contact Craig Davis at craig@txsilc.org or 512-371-7353. Deadline for registration will be January 2, 2020


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

8:00-9:00: Registration and Breakfast

9:00-9:30: Welcoming Remarks and Keynote

  • Rep. Shawn Theirry- Texas House Representatives, Transportation Committee
  • Ashley Ford- Public Policy and Communications Specialist, TCDD
  • Billy Altom- Executive Director, APRIL

9:30-9:50: Brian Francis- Executive Director, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

9:50-10:30: Workgroups for TNC Regulations and Rules

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-11:05: Crystal Lyons- Transportation Expert, Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission

11:05-11:45: Workgroups for Accessible Transportation for Emergency Management

12:00-1:15: Luncheon Presentation: Consumer stories and short video

1:30-1:50: Speaker TBA

1:50-2:30: Workgroup for Regional Coordination for AccessibleTransportation

2:30-3:00: Break

3:00-3:20: Richard Martinez- Grants Manager and Compliance Coordinator for VIA Metropolitan Transit, Texas Governors Committee on People with Disabilities

3:20-4:00: Disability representation on Transportation Boards and Committees

4:00-4:30: Day in Review

Texas State Independent Living Council’s fourth accessible transportation Summit