Students need to learn how to move safely and effectively about in their community before leaving school. Pedestrian safety skills are essential to an effective transition. Learning to ride public transit is another set of valuable skills. Driver's education is an appropriate route for a few students. Others will need to learn different strategies that work the most effectively and offer the most freedom for them. Among the options are:
Many, if not most, adults with developmental disabilities will be using public transit as one of their key transportation strategies.
ORCA (One Regional Card for All). An ORCA card is a great universal accommodation to help customers pay for transportation fares. No need for correct change, just tap your ORCA at the card reader and your fare is paid. Whether you commute in the region by ferry, train, rail, or bus – or a combination – one card is all you need. www.orcacard.com
Metro and Sound Transit are committed to providing accessible transportation services for customers with special needs due to age or disability. Please refer to their website for information regarding these services metro.kingcounty.gov/tops/accessible/accessible.html
The King County Community Transportation Program provides additional services, including transit instruction, that go beyond the accessible regular bus service and para-transit services. metro.kingcounty.gov/tops/accessible/access-ctp.html
Walking Pedestrian safety and community mobility should be key components of any student's transition plans and services. Direct instruction and repeated practice are key elements to a student's transition services.
Whatever it is, students should learn and practice their post school forms of transportation before leaving the school system. Other options include, but are not limited to:
- Arranging rides with staff, family, or friends
- Taxi service
- Whatever works!