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S9E10: Quemuel Arroyo

Quemuel Arroyo is the first ever chief accessibility officer at the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority.

Arroyo explained his job is not to take on all the work of making North America’s largest mass transit system more accessible to everyone from people with disabilities to tourists who don’t speak English:
I need people, everyone, all 70,000 of our employees, to understand their role in creating an accessible MTA. And I need them all to have the resources that they need to be successful in that exchange. The day that I leave — because I'm not here forever — this work will continue without me.

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