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Advocacy

Transit Accessibility

UP-STAND proposed and successfully advocated for the MTA's Baby on Board pregnancy pin pilot program in New York City, the first of its kind in the United States.
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We urged City Council Member Costa Constantinides to introduce Resolution 198 (formerly 1514), calling on the MTA to add a Pregnancy and Family Representative.
Call your local City Council Member today and ask them to support this Resolution!
Send a letter to the selection committee or write your support in electronically.

We lend our voice to transit events on behalf of pregnant women and caretakers, organize speakers and participants from our constituency, and host transit rallies to draw attention to the MTA’s significant customer base of caregivers and children. We are happy to announce that after our Astoria Boulevard station rally, elevator construction began in November 2018.

UP-STAND worked with Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal to create and support New York State Assembly Legislative Bill A586, an act to increase priority seating for pregnant, elderly, and disabled passengers and to introduce reserved seating on public transit. This bill was reintroduced in 2018.
Read our Memo of Support

 

General Accessibility

We teamed up with Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas to create The Family Accommodation in Entertainment Act (A9775) to make spaces more family friendly. This legislation requires places of entertainment such as stadiums, arenas, convention centers, theaters, gardens or other places of amusement to provide accommodations, including high chairs and booster seats, changing tables and child protection seats in all public restrooms, stroller parking, and a private, hygienic location for nursing or pumping breast milk.
Read more here.  
Find your NY Senator to support this legislation and make New York more accessible!

Read our Memo of Support for A7213, which would require full service family restrooms in public buildings.


If you have an issue or item you would like us to consider addressing, please email us at info@up-stand.com.