The Special Needs Advisory Committee (SNAC) advises OCTA about issues that relate to OCTA fixed-route transit and paratransit services for customers with special transportation needs. The Special Needs Committee was originally formed in 1992 in response to the Americans with Disabilities Act and formalized the predecessor “504 Committee.”
As representatives of a broad base of individuals with disabilities and senior citizens in the county, the mission of the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) Special Needs Advisory Committee is to advise OCTA on the promotion of more integrated public transit services and to improve two-way communication between OCTA and its customers who have special transportation needs.
Major responsibilities include:
- Advising OCTA about issues that relate to OCTA transit and paratransit services.
- Recommending the appropriate mechanism for obtaining disabled and senior service users’ input on issues, i.e., focus groups, surveys, public meetings, et cetera.
- Communicating with care providers and agency clients regarding service-related information.
- Assisting with special needs service evaluations.
Selected by the OCTA Board of Directors, the SNAC is composed of 34 members representing a broad base of individuals with disabilities and senior citizens in the county. Selection criteria for the SNAC includes demonstrated interest and involvement with people with special needs and senior citizens; membership in a large, active OCTA constituency group (i.e. Braille Institute, senior centers); and a willingness to dedicate no fewer than 25 hours a year to OCTA meetings and activities. Recruitment for open positions takes place annually in the fall.
Recruitment for New Committee Members
OCTA is now accepting applications for the Special Needs Advisory Committee. This Committee advises OCTA on the promotion of more integrated public transit services and helps to improve communication between OCTA and its customers who have special transportation needs.
If you are interested in volunteering for this Committee and meet the designated criteria; please fill out the application and submit it to Adam Raley at firstname.lastname@example.org or via US Postal Mail.
Download application here.