Enhancing Youth Mobility and Transportation Options
"I feel like I am independent. I don’t need to depend on my parents to take me places and now I can ride the bus to get to my job and to the movies with my friends" …A Students Voice
Watch a video of Aurora
, a Student from Chautauqua School, Bay District Schools, Florida, sharing her experiences about using the trolley. Bay District is working with ESPA on an Inclusive Transportation Service-Learning Project.
Access to a continuum of transportation services is important for students to gain community experiences while they are still in school and plays an even larger role in supporting student attainment of post school employment, higher education, and independent living goals. Students and their families, administrators, and, educators, seek transportation resources to support secondary transition services as part of a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Easter Seals Project ACTION offers resources specifically designed to facilitate the use of transportation for students and young adults with and without disabilities, and build the resource capacity and knowledge of school and district personnel around coordinated inclusive transportation planning.
Inclusive Transportation Service-Learning Program Participants
District-based pilot program to provide students with and without disabilities opportunities to engage in service-learning projects that enhance their understanding and use of accessible transportation.
Initial Impact Evaluation of the Easter Seals Project ACTION Inclusive Transportation Service-Learning Program
The evaluation of this project was designed to measure the initial impact of the service-learning projects on participating students’ understanding and behavior.
ESPA Accessible Transportation for Students (ATS) Online Community
Developed by Easter Seals Project ACTION and the IDEA Partnership, a national project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, the Accessible Transportation for Students Online Community allows students, their families, educators, human service providers, and transit professionals to learn from one another. Current discussion topics include connections across education and mobility management and collaborations across education and transportation. Join this free online forum
GET Going! Guiding Everyday Travel
This new personal pocket guide provides transit riders with tips on what to do if they find themselves unsure of how to proceed with their trip. The guide includes spaces for writing destination, fare amount, contact numbers and contains suggestions on what travelers can do if they lose their fare; miss their stop, bus, or train; get lost; or feel unsafe.
Student Transportation Services: A Review of Data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2
This brief was developed in coordination with the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota examines and analyzes data from the NLTS2 related to students with disabilities’ use of the transportation services provided by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as a “related service.”
External Publications (ESPA Contributions to Partner Publications)
SpecialEdConnection® Series of Articles on Students and Transition
A Collaborative Interagency, Interdisciplinary Approach to Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood
This paper promotes four core concepts that are essential to the development and implementation of effective transition plans and process: (1) Self-determination should be the foundation for transition planning; (2) Transition should be viewed through a cultural lens; (3) Interagency collaboration is essential to effective transition (4) Transition planning should include all the perspectives, disciplines, and organizations that will impact the transitioning student. See AUCD's press release for additional information
Customer service and travel training in special-needs busing
Published on SchoolBusFleet.com on November 4, 2013, this article highlights a session in which Judy Shanley from ESPA and Pete Meslin from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District in California presented at the 2013 National Association for Pupil Transportation Summit. The session explored parent and client perspectives in transporting students with disabilities and what it takes to deliver good customer service.
Products and Tools
Materials to support a continuum of transportation options for students in school, and as they transition to post-school settings including higher education, employment, and independent living.
- Transportation Education Curriculum: 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.
- Mobility Options in Your Community. A resource mapping tool to help you analyze the accessible transportation resources in your community
- Building a Transportation Education Continuum. An activity to assist educators to build transportation education activities across multiple tiers.
- Building Awareness in Accessible Transportation: Transit Assessment Guide for Students, Families and Educators. A tool for students, families, and educators who would like to increase their understanding of transit systems and how people with disabilities use public transportation.
- Self-Advocacy to Enhance Transportation Choice: Tools to Assist Students in Identifying Transportation Options Based on Preferences - These materials 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.
- Considerations for Selecting and Hiring Travel Trainers: A Compilation of Resources- This six page resource sheet provides guidance for educators interested in securing travel training services for their students. Along with a definition of travel training it provides key points to consider and resources related to travel training and instruction.
ESPA staff participate in a diverse range of national and local forums and events. Our work seeks to make connections across education and transportation sectors.
Building a Continuum of Transportation Supports for Students with Disabilities as they Transition from High school to Postschool Settings. Association on Travel Instruction Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, August 2013.
- US Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Transition Conference, Washington, D.C., May 2012
- National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center Capacity Building Institute, Charlotte, N.C., May 2012