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Strategies for Sustaining Independent Travel for Students with Learning Difficulties and/or DisabilitiesMarie Rooney
strategies for sustaining independent travel

Strategies for Sustaining Independent Travel

14-19

Post 16 FE

Adults

Learning Difficulties and or Disabilities

how is independent travel training defined
How is Independent Travel Training defined?
  • Individualised Programmes
  • Providing training and support to achieve maximum potential
  • Self / safety / danger awareness
  • Focus on required skills
  • Delivered by competent trainers
  • Clear assessment procedures
why travel training
Why Travel Training?
  • Vulnerable Young People
  • Students with a Learning Difficulty and or Disability
  • All age groups / all areas
  • Public transport, buildings and services

more accessible

  • Equal access required by law
the need for travel training
The need for travel training
  • Taxi Culture
  • Years of inaccessible transport
  • Lack of knowledge / confidence
  • Limited Skills
  • Restrictions imposed by practicalities
  • Low aspirations
  • Work Experience / Employment
society is changing
Society is changing
  • DDA
  • Attitudes, Aspirations, Expectations
  • Equal Opportunities / Equal Rights
  • Levels of mobility rising
  • Access to Employment
  • Access to Further Education
  • DDA protects against discrimination
the missing link
The Missing Link?
  • Accessible transport?
  • to make the journeys it is necessary to have the skills:
  • to plan journeys, timetables and maps
  • to travel safely and with confidence
  • to respond to and cope with unexpected circumstances
involving others
Involving others
  • Parents and Carers
  • Friends and family
  • Peer Mentoring
  • School and College staff
  • Social Workers and Key workers
  • Outreach buddies
  • Work Experience / Employment Links
  • Transition Officers
wider involvement
Wider Involvement
  • LA Transport staff
  • LA Highways Dept
  • PTEs
  • Police Community Officers
  • Transport Staff/ Operators
  • Mobility Officers
  • Training into Employment Agencies
  • Community Transport
review progress
Review Progress
  • Record Programme
  • Monitor and Evaluate progress
  • Checklist
  • Scenarios
  • Emergencies
  • The Benefits and the Costs
sustaining and improving the travel training scheme
Sustaining and Improving theTravel Training Scheme
  • Review the programme regularly
  • Provide ways and opportunities for feedback from staff, students,
  • trainees. trainers,
  • carers, parents,
  • bus operators
  • Tackle complaints or grievances promptly
success
Success
  • Value success
  • Publicise success
  • Promote good training
  • Share good practice
  • Consult all participants
  • Develop and improve your programme
funding
Funding
  • Costs are high
  • Staff costs and overheads
  • Supply Cover
  • Staff training
  • Transport fares, staff petrol
  • Home visits
  • Two schemes in tandem
sustain or abandon
Sustain or abandon?
  • Short term funds or ongoing revenue
  • Recruitment
  • Continuity of training
  • Guaranteed funding leads to sustainability
  • Parents, students, Schools, Colleges,
  • Employers, Transition Officers, Connexions Service, LA transport managers
  • ALL ABOARD for success
strategies
Strategies
  • Who is responsible for the provision of Travel Training?
  • Is local level enough?
  • Who provides the financial support?
  • Commitment – top down?
  • Accreditation
  • Starting points – Schools / Colleges
  • Partnership working
effective partnership
Effective Partnership
  • Every Child Matters Agenda
  • Transport Policy Statements
  • Transition Planning
  • Education Pathfinders
  • Learning for Living and Work
  • School reviews
  • LDD Partnership Boards
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Direct Payments / EMA
  • Valuing People
subsequent elements within the strategy
Subsequent Elements withinthe strategy
  • SEN Code of Practice
  • DDA 1995 2005
  • Education Inspections Act
  • CYP and Adult Soc. Services Planning
  • Pathways to Work
  • Integrated Transport Units
  • Local Strategic Plans
workshop activity
Workshop Activity
  • In group 1 we will identify the needs for a strategy to sustain Travel Training, who would be involved and how we can implement them.
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Workshop Activity
  • In group 2 we will address and identify the issues:
  • for quality provision, continuity and progression at relevant stages of transition. What can we do to implement these?
  • Is an identified and appointed Travel Training Advisor within specific areas a solution?