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Finding Transportation Solutions: Questions to Consider

When assisting a job seeker with a disability to find transportation, the following questions can help identify possible solutions.

Own Vehicle

Do you have a drivers license?

  • If not, could you obtain a drivers license?
  • Do you have a vehicle or have access to a vehicle?
  • Could you buy a vehicle (possibly using a PASS Social Security Work Incentive to cover the cost)?

Mass Transit

Is there mass transit that can take you to your job?

  • Could you learn how to take mass transit?

Note: some agencies, such as Independent Living Centers, Community Rehabilitation Providers, and others, teach people with disabilities to use mass transit via travel training. Orientation and Mobility (O & M) classes can help people who have visual impairments. The state blind and visually impaired agency should have information on O & M services.

Cab

Could you take a cab to work?

Walking & Biking

Is the job within walking distance? Biking distance? Moped distance?

Car Pooling & Employer Resources

  • How do your co-workers get to work? Could you car pool with them?
  • Does your employer have any ideas or resources for transportation?
  • Are there other employers nearby whose employees take a similar route? Might a car pool or shuttle bus be arranged?

Someone who could drive you

Who might be available to drive you to and from work?

  • People you live with?
  • Family?
  • Residential program staff?
  • Neighbors?
  • Others?

If you can identify a driver but no vehicle, could a vehicle be purchased (possibly using a PASS-Plan for Achieving Self-Support, to cover the down payment) for someone else to drive you? [See information elsewhere in this section on using PASSs for transportation.]

Finding a driver

If you dont know anyone who could drive you, could you find a driver?

  • Where would you advertise?
    Newspaper? Local colleges? Stores? Senior centers? Civic groups? Church bulletins?

Transportation services

  • Is there paratransit (special transportation services for people with disabilities) available?
  • Are there other transportation services available?

Brainstorming other ideas

Who could help you come up with ideas for transportation?

  • People you live with?
  • Friends?
  • Family members?
  • Neighbors?
  • Counselors?
  • Other professionals?
  • Other community members?
  • Members of groups you are part of?

Paying for transportation

  • Are you eligible for reduced fare programs?
  • If youre on Social Security, have you investigated using the PASS or IRWE Work Incentives to help cover the costs?

Written by:

Institute for Community Inclusion