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Transportation

 

Transportation is an essential part of secondary transition planning and must be be considered by IEP teams to assist students to access continuing education and training options, get to and from work, purchase items in the community, see health care providers, and participate in recreational and leisure activities. 

Travel options vary greatly from district to district and may include travel training and financial resources. County and local transportation departments can provide information for the supports and services they offer, such as reduced rates and assistance with transportation training. Organizations, such as the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged, can assist in planning and improving transportation services for individuals with disabilities.

Transportation resources in Florida:

Connections: Tools and Resources for Life
http://www.fddc.org/sites/default/files/FDDC%20Connections%20Guide%20-%20FNL%20ENGLISH%20-%20%20PDF.pdf
This guide developed by the Florida Developmental Disability Council (FDDC) is designed to help individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and their families connect to tools and resources that will help identify the options that are available to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in adult life. The guide seeks to connect individuals to resources that may be important in adult life and explores a range of opportunities in critical areas of: employment, education, community resources, transportation and self-advocacy.  

Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged 
http://www.dot.state.fl.us/ctd/index.htm
The Commission's mission statement is: To insure the availability of efficient, cost-effective, and quality transportation services for transportation disadvantaged persons. Every county in Florida has a Community Transportation Coordinator (CTC) who can be located at http://www.dot.state.fl.us/ctd/contacts/ctcsbycounty.htm.

Florida Association for Centers for Independent Living (CIL)
http://www.floridacils.org/  
Many CILs in Florida offer assistance with travel training. The website provides contact information for the local centers.

Easter Seals Project ACTION (Accessible Community Transportation in Our Nation) or "ESPA"
http://www.projectaction.org/
ESPA holds training events, provides tailored technical assistance, leads outreach initiatives, partners with many other national organizations, and directs small research efforts to further its mission to promote universal access to transportation for people with disabilities. One of ESPA’s initiatives is Youth Transportation. The ESPA website has a web page on Enhancing Youth Mobility & Transportation Options: http://www.projectaction.org/initiatives/youthtransportation.aspx.

General Self-Help Resource Guide: Access to Florida's Transportation Disadvantaged Program for Individuals with Disabilities (2013)
http://www.faast.org/sites/default/files/TransportationDisadvantaged.pdf  
This guide developed by the Florida Alliance for Assistance Services and Technology (FIAAST) is created to provide assistive service information and easy to find resources to help individuals with disabilities access services through Florida's Transportation Disadvantaged Program and services. This guide provides hyperlinks to informative websites, frequently asked questions (FAQs), fact-sheets, federal and state laws and helpful resources.

Innovative Approaches for Increasing Transportation Options for People with Disabilities in Florida: A Transportation Feasibility Study Report (2010)
http://www.fddc.org/sites/default/files/file/publications/transportation%20feasibility%20study.pdf Produced by the FDDC and the Able Trust, this publication explores innovative approaches for increasing transportation options for Floridians with disabilities. 

LET'S GO! A Guide to Getting Around Your Community in Florida (2009)
http://www.fddc.org/sites/default/files/file/publications/transportation%20guidebook.pdf  
This guide, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the FDDC, contains information on how community transportation works as well as a glossary, acronyms, abbreviations, symbols, a listing of county - by - county transportation services for persons with developmental disabilities and their families.   

National Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP)
http://www.nationalrtap.org/
Since its inception, National RTAP has developed and distributed training materials, provided technical assistance, generated reports, published best practices, conducted research, and offered peer assistance with the goal of improved mobility for Americans living in communities with populations under 50,000 people.


Curricula

Florida Association for Centers for Independent Living
http://www.floridacils.org/
Many Centers for Independent Living in Florida offer assistance with travel training. Contact information for the local centers may be accessed through the website above (verify with the local office first regarding supports and services available).

A Curriculum to Build the Knowledge of Educators, Human Services, Families, and Transit regarding Transportation Education and Travel Instruction
http://www.projectaction.org/Initiatives/YouthTransportation/TransportationEducationCurriculum.aspx
The goal of this transportation education curriculum is to provide educators, transit professionals, families, and others with strategies for integrating transportation content, including travel instruction, into the educational experience for students, including students with disabilities.

Integrated Self-Advocacy Curriculum for Transportation:  Helping Students Develop Skills to Support Choice in Accessible Transportation 
http://www.projectaction.org/ResourcesPublications/SelfAdvocacyCurriculum.aspx 
The ESPA website includes materials which are part of the Integrated Self-Advocacy (ISA) Curriculum developed by Dr. Valerie Paradiz, an internationally recognized researcher and educator. Dr. Paradiz adapted the ISA Sensory Scan™ and ISA Social Scan™ for ESPA to help students understand and address sensory and social challenges. This increased knowledge and awareness enables students to build a self-advocacy portfolio around accessible transportation that is aligned with sensory and social needs. Fillable PDF and word versions are provided.

Life Centered Education (LCE)
http://www.cec.sped.org/Publications/LCE-Transition-Curriculum
Life Centered Education (LCE) is an online, comprehensive, functional curriculum based on classroom, home, and community environments.  It includes classroom lessons regarding transportation.

Students on the Go: A Travel Training Manual 
https://www.gallaudet.edu/clerc-center/info-to-go/transition/students-on-the-go.html  
This manual, produced by the Gallaudet University, Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, was designed for educators to train students to travel safely and independently to meet their specific travel needs. It includes step-by-step guidance as well as appendices that have permission forms, letters to parents, tips and checklists.

 

Resources

Community Transportation Assistance Program (CTAP)
http://web1.ctaa.org/webmodules/webarticles/anmviewer.asp?a=3&z=37
CTAP was created through a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Health and Human Services and is intended to provide human service organizations, planners, funders and individuals with expertise, training and support. CTAP also features a digital magazine and peer network.

Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM)   
https://www2.fta.dot.gov/ccam/
CCAM is a partnership of federal agencies working to build ladders of opportunity across America by improving the availability, quality and efficient delivery of transportation services to people with disabilities, older adults and people with low incomes. CCAM members continue to promote further the mission of United We Ride, a 10-year initiative to help states and local communities coordinate across the various Federal programs associated with human services transportation.

Department of Transportation, Accessibility
http://www.dot.gov/citizen_services/disability/disability.html
This page provides resources on transportation for people with disabilities as well as useful links and laws and regulations relating to people with disabilities.   

Disability.gov's Guide to Transportation
https://www.disability.gov/resource/disability-govs-guide-transportation/  
This website features transportation-related resources such as state information, finding accessible transportation and knowing transportation rights as a person with a disability and much more. 

Easter Seals Project ACTION (Accessible Community Transportation in Our Nation) or "ESPA"
http://www.projectaction.org/
ESPA holds training events, provides tailored technical assistance, leads outreach initiatives, partners with many other national organizations, and directs small research efforts to further its mission to promote universal access to transportation for people with disabilities. One of ESPA's initiatives is Youth Transportation.

·         Building Awareness in Accessible Transportation: Transit Assessment Guide for Students, Families and Educators
http://www.projectaction.org/ResourcesPublications/BrowseOurResourceLibrary.aspx 

·         Enhancing Youth Mobility & Transportation Options:
http://www.projectaction.org/initiatives/youthtransportation.aspx

·         Rural Transportation Topic Guide: Assessing the Need for New Transportation Service in Rural Communities (2012) 
http://www.projectaction.org/ResourcesPublications/BrowseOurResourceLibrary/ResourceSearchResults.aspx?org=a2GSpnDbruI=&query=Needs%20Assessment

·         Travel Training for Student Success: The Route to Achieving Post-Secondary Student Outcomes (ESPA)
http://www.projectaction.org/Training/TravelTraining/TravelTrainingforStudentSuccess.aspx 

Google Transit 
http://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/transit/#mdy  
Google Transit is a useful tool for planning public transportation directions, find transit stops in your area and view station information and schedules in over 475 cities. If you provide a transportation service that is open to the public and operates with fixed schedules and routes. 

United We Ride (UWR) 
https://www2.fta.dot.gov/ccam/  
UWR is a federal interagency initiative aimed at improving the availability, quality and efficient delivery of transportation services for older adults, people with disabilities and individuals with lower incomes.

U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy: Transportation
http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/Transportation.htm  
This webpage features information on helpful resources related to transportation and employment for people with disabilities.

Archived Webinars

Building Partnerships Across Education and Transit (October 2012)
http://k16eduint.adobeconnect.com/p4ufwchbdyr/
Judy Shanley, Ph.D., Director of Student Engagement and Mobility Management with Easter Seals Project ACTION, presented this interactive webinar in which attendees learned how to work with pupil transportation and public transportation professionals to build a continuum of accessible transportation options to support students with disabilities in their transition to employment, higher education, and independent living.

Educators, Pupil Transportation and Public Transportation Working Together to Support Student Post-School Transition (February 2013)
http://k16eduint.adobeconnect.com/p1dbc1pk06s/
Judy Shanley, Ph.D., Director of Student Engagement and Mobility Management with Easter Seals Project ACTION, and Chip Kent, Volusia County Schools Assistant Transportation Director, share examples of collaboration between education and pupil transportation, such as the district’s community-based instruction program.


E-Newsletters Focusing on Transportation

Check out the November 2015 Topical Brief on Transportation, available at http://project10.info/TopicalBriefs.php

Project 10 E-News - January 2013 
http://www.project10.info/files/P10EnewsVol2No1.pdf
This issue of the Project 10 e-newsletter provides information on a variety of transportation resources in Florida.

Opening Doors to Self-Determination - Winter 2013
http://ese.leeschools.net/pdf/S-D%20eLETTER%20WINTER%202013.pdf
This e-newsletter from Project Transition of Lee County focuses on self-determination and transportation.  

 

 

 

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