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 include:
Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged
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.
Easter Seals Project ACTION (Accessible Community Transportation in Our Nation) or "ESPA"
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.
National Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP)
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.
Transportation and Students with Disabilities
Technical Assistance Paper ESE 311094 No.2001-13
Bureau of Instructional Support and Community Services (July 2001)
Clarifies funding and transportation for students enrolled in exceptional student education programs who require specialized transportation.
Florida Association for Centers for Independent Living
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
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)
Life Centered Education (LCE) is an online, comprehensive, functional curriculum based on classroom, home, and community environments. It includes classroom lessons regarding transportation.
Building Partnerships Across Education and Transit (October 2012)
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 transportationprofessionals 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, & Public Transportation Working Together to Support Student Post-School Transition (February 2013)
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
Project 10 E-News - January 2013
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
This e-newsletter from Project Transition of Lee County focuses on self-determination and transportation.