I Can Travel On My Own . . .
Our SMART Travel Program (STP) increases independent, individual mobility to decrease barriers people with intellectual and developmental disabilities often encounter accessing work and community. We use smart phones and applications developed by AbleLink Technologies to teach individuals we serve to safely ride public mass transit. The WayFinder program teaches people with cognitive challenges to navigate travel using picture, word and audio prompts and GPS landmarks (a mapped route).
Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities participating in the pilot SMART Travel Program receive Independent Living services from ARCA and have a need to travel to and from work, medical appointments, grocery stores and recreational sites. They choose destinations they want to learn. The project teaches them to use the smart phone applications including the Community Integration Suite of scheduling and tasking software.
ARCA developed this innovative transportation project under FTA New Freedom Funding and collaborates with the Mid-Region Council of Governments, the City of Albuquerque and AbleLink Technologies to deliver the training. STP includes pre-program travel and literacy assessments. ARCA’s SMART Travel program designates a “tech savvy” project coordinator to teach DSPs how to support individuals in the use of this very modern adaptive tool.
For more information, please contact Antoinette Wright at (505) 332-6847 or email.