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  • Next Slide: Family of Services & Ridership
  • Ridership numbers alone should tell you why Laketran is in need of travel training – down 20% due to 2009 service cuts/fare increase Budget is tight and we need to begin transitioning DAR riders to LFR 2005-Dial-a-Ride is branded as own agencies when first began - we need to educate on LFR Next Slide: Initial Goals of TT
  • Always assumed & encourage pwd to use Dial-a-Ride; instead of the least restrictive mode of transportation Added - Ramps, Call Out Stops, Color-coded routes, accessible bus stops/shelters, better driver training – did a lot of work internally; but we needed to reach out and educate pwd on How to Ride Bus Familiarizations @ Libraries- handed out coupons to measure follow-up – no immediate return on investment. First attempt– Maintaining Mobility Next Slide: Challenges
  • Target demographic wasn’t working- Seniors aren’t very interested Next Slide: NF with New Focus
  • Define Functional – attain a goal Change Target Market to students w/disabilities, next generation of riders, and MH population Assessment Tool – Use it just like you would a strategic plan– include SWOT – then create a plan/goals Then you can measure your success, too!
  • Three ways to get into schools Curriculum – Special Needs Teachers are swamped. Can’t teach it all. Provide a curriculum and they’ll bite! IEP – only need one student to have transportation in their IEP Indicators -
  • Meet standards: Fares – math lesson; public safety– talking to strangers, crossing a crosswalk, how to ask for help, Be Flexible and Available – work within their time restraints; be available for 1on1 – behavior change Most SWD aim for inclusion – must be flexible Seek Vocational Programs
  • IEP – One student has IEP they’ll often teach entire class
  • Indicators - “Checks & Balance” for IEP – are goals measurable, reviewed annually, include student involvement & they meet post secondary goals 2004 – Reauthorization of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) required states to develop Annual Performance Plans to measure success based on 20 indicators. Indicators include graduation/drop-out rates, post-school outcomes, most important to us-- Indicator 13 relates to transition services for students Measuring & reporting success of IEP – postsecondary goals, transition services, To measure they use assessments aka – Student Transition Skills Inventory/Checklist/Assessment Indicators are reported back to State DOE
  • Field Trips– Schools are on budgets; transportation cost savings using route bus Fares – math lesson; public safety– talking to strangers, crossing a crosswalk, how to ask for help,
  • Accessibility is more than amenities Today we’re getting better at curb cuts, announcements, ramps– but largest barrier is that students are not taught how to advocate for themselves as a person with a disability. Jennifer – parents have embedded into her that she can not work or live alone. Teacher – we don’t tell the students they have a disability Parents – I will drive my child all over town, before I’ll let him ride a bus
  • Cost Reduction Analysis
  • Budget: Maintaining Mobility– We’re Going Where You’re Going

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  • 1. Travel Training for Students with Disabilities to Increase Accessibility and Ridership Julia Schick Laketran, Outreach Specialist Lake County, Ohio
  • 2. Background of Laketran
    • Lake County, Ohio
    • 25-45 miles east of Cleveland
    • 230,000 population
        • suburban/rural mix
  • 3. Laketran Family of Services Family of Services 2009 Ridership Local Fixed Routes (6) 328,000 Dial-a-Ride d2d demand response 310,000 Commuter Express (4) 204,000 Travel Training Individuals Community Groups School programs 26 participants (34 trainings) 27 participants (5 trainings) 299 students (32 trainings)
  • 4. Initial Goals of Travel Training
    • Increase Accessibility through Education
    • Transition Dial-a-Ride riders to Fixed Route
    • Community Bus Familiarizations demonstration
    • Target Demographics:
        • Seniors
        • Adults with Disabilities
        • Families
  • 5. Challenges to initiate Travel Training
    • No ADA eligibility requirements to ride Dial-a-Ride
    • HHS/MRDD agencies not located on fixed routes
    • Fare structure & hours of operation didn’t incent transition
    • Weather
    • No budget was dedicated to Travel Training program
  • 6. New Freedom with a New Focus
    • Make all Travel Training functional
      • Focus on SWD and Mental Health
    • Create an Assessment Tool
    • Use goals that align with
      • Daily living skills
      • Employment
      • Transition goals for SWD
  • 7. Be the Solution for Schools
    • Curriculum
    • Individual Education Plan (IEP)
      • Meet IEP goals for teacher/students/parents
    • DOE Indicators – performance data
      • Transition Service
      • Post-secondary Outcomes
  • 8. Create Curriculum
    • Meet Curriculum Standards
    • Be Flexible
    • Visual
    • Interactive
  • 9. Transition Drives the IEP
    • All SWD have an IEP
      • Future Planning
        • Post-secondary Transition Goals
      • - Daily Living/Life Skills
    • Transportation as a Related Service
  • 10. Sample Scenario of Post-Secondary Goals
    • Jane D. has cerebral palsy, poor fine motor skills, uses a power chair, and requires full-time assistance for daily personal needs. She is verbal and others understand her easily. Jane enjoys interacting with children, especially babies. She wants to get married and have a family. Through interviews and other types of transition assessment, Jane expressed her desire to work with children.
    Jane D.
  • 11. Sample Scenario of Post-secondary Goals
    • Post-secondary Goals
    • Education/Training : “Jane will audit childcare/early childhood classes at the local Career Tech Center with a full-time HTS”.
    • Employment: “With the help of a full-time HTS, Jane will job shadow in 3 childcare/daycare programs”.
    • Independent/Adult Living - Short-term: “Jane will live in a group home and utilize public transportation to participate in her classes and job shadowing experiences”.
    • Independent/Adult Living - Long-term: “Jane will get married, have children, and work and live in Ohio”.
  • 12. Indicator 13 - Transition
    • Indicators – measure & report success of IEP
    • Adaptive Behavior Skills Assessment
        • Indicators are evaluated based on skill level
        • (ie. Mastered, Satisfactory, Needs Improvement)
        • Example Indicators:
          • Able to identify professional services in community
          • Able to make purchases over $1.00
  • 13. Additional Incentives
    • Use public transit for “field trips”
    • Created Reduce Fare Card for Students with Disabilities
      • Increases accessibility
  • 14. Working with Schools
    • Directors of Special Education
    • Special Education Teachers
    • Transition Coordinators
    • Teachers Aides
    • Job Coaches
    • Parents/Guardians
  • 15. Accessibility is more than Amenities Public Transportation: The Route to Freedom. A Transportation Education Program for Students with Disabilities in Grades 8-12 [CD and DVD] http://projectaction.easterseals.com
  • 16. Student Out of Pocket Expense Financial Incentive is a Win-Win Laketran Cost Reduction Jane works part-time, 4 days a week Student Rides DAR Student Rides LFR 8 trips @ $2.50/each way 8 trips @ $.75/each way Weekly Cost $20.00 Annual Cost $1040.00 Student Saves Weekly Cost $6.00 Annual Cost $312.00 $728.00 Annually Student Rides DAR Student Rides LFR 8 trips @ $29.84/each way 8 trips @ $7.13/each way Weekly Cost $238.72 Annual Cost $12,413.44 Laketran Saves Weekly Cost $57.04 Annual Cost $2,966.08 $9,447.36 Annually
  • 17. Market Yourself
    • Message on-hold for call center
    • “ How To Ride” brochure & video
    • Travel Training brochure
    • Website presence
    • Offer program presentations to area agencies
    • Get involved in Transition Planning
    • Hire students with disabilities
    • Brand the program
      • “ We’re Going Where You’re Going”
  • 18. Mentor High School Soundtrack by local Cleveland artists -- Call Us Kings
  • 19. Travel Training Resources www.projectaction.org Easter Seals Project Action www.nsttac.org National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center www.nichcy.org IDEA, training modules www.laketran.com/tools Laketran Travel Training