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On January 25-26, the Texas State Independent Living Council (SILC) and the Heart of Central Texas Independent Living Center, Inc. will host an accessible transportation summit in Waco. The summit – Transportation Works: Collaboration and Connectivity – will focus on efforts to expand inclusive transportation for all Texans.

About the Summit

The summit is an opportunity for people with disabilities and other stakeholders to learn about (A) the latest transportation innovations and (B) how to create change in their communities. Presentations will focus on innovations in accessibility for air travel, how to use ride sharing services to increase mobility, transportation advocacy, developing non-traditional partnerships, and more. Over a dozen experts will present during the summit, including representatives from Disability Rights Texas, Texas A&M University, and the Texas Department of Transportation

Summit participants will also participate in a dialogue with both traditional transportation collaborators and organizations that promote Independent Living. The dialogue will focus on how to create sustainable change by taking steps to increase accessible transportation in Texas.


The two-day summit will be held at the Hilton Waco. The summit will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 25, and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, January 26. Registration is free for people with disabilities and $40 for other stakeholders. The deadline to register is Monday, January 15. More information, including the agenda, is available here.

Transportation Works: Collaboration and Connectivity will be the second annual accessible transportation summit hosted by the Texas SILC. Future summits will be held in McAllen (2019) and Galveston (2020). The Texas SILC’s Transportation Works project is funded by the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities.