When asked many years ago at a Disabled in Action meeting what she’d like changed, Filomena Ward immediately answered “accessible taxis.” She has been a leading activist on the issue ever since.
At the time, Philadelphia was the only major city that did not have wheelchair-accessible taxis. Says Filomena, “people in wheelchairs want to use a taxi for the same reasons as everybody else. If you want to be able to go to the grocery store … you should be able to go.”
Disabled in Action and the Taxi Workers Alliance of Pennsylvania—both Bread & Roses Racial & Economic Justice Fund grantees—teamed up to pressure the Philadelphia Parking Authority to put accessible taxis into service. And starting in November 2011, 20 to 25 accessible taxis hit the streets of Philadelphia.