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Travel Training

Crosswalk signal along with sign for pedestrians and bicycles.

Helping Students Navigate Their World

Students with cognitive, communicative, or physical disabilities* may have unique challenges as they learn to navigate their world with more independence.  Activities such understanding traffic signals and street crossings, using public transportation, and even how to buy tickets can require additional educational support. 

Our Travel Training program has been developed to increase self-sufficiency, independence, and safety.  Participation boosts the student’s self-esteem while also providing them with expanded access to jobs, appointments, and leisure activities.   We work with students ages 14-21, beginning with a focus on awareness and safety, that culminates in training on how navigate within the community.  This program offers both group and individualized instruction depending on the student’s needs. 

* Please note that students with visual impairments should refer to our Orientationand Mobility programs.

Safety and Awareness Instruction:

  • Environmental awareness
  • Parking lot safety
  • Stranger awareness
  • Personal safety

Travel Instruction

(classroom training and coaching in accompaniment of the student):

  • Trip planning
    • Reading a schedule
  • Fares and ticketing
  • Using public transportation (bus, train, etc.)
  • Ride share options
  • Street crossing
    • Intersections (simple to complex)
    • Traffic signals
  • Using apps for support and assistance (Google Maps, SEPTA App)

Additional Services Offered:

  • Route scouting
    • Checking for safe routes and recommended transportation options
  • Reduced fare submission support
    • Paperwork guidance and instruction
    • Travel into Philadelphia with the student for document submission
  • Support with documentation related to transportation services (set-up, scheduling, fares)
  • Eligibility and guidelines training as related to their rights through the American with Disabilities Act (ADA)

 

As students begin to grasp knowledge and exhibit an understanding of the skills required for travel, the instructor then gradually withdraws their support.  In this way the student’s confidence is built in a steady, secure manner while they gain their independence.