2. Barriers and Challenges

Transportation: Training & Availability

I live in a suburban/semi-rural area with limited public transportation. My son relies on a door-to-door para-transit service that only operates M-F during mostly daytime hours. The service is somewhat unreliable and arriving late to work can cause issues. He works in food service, and would have more job opportunities if he had access to transportation for evenings and weekends. In areas with public transportation, families need to specifically request "transportation training" be added to the IEP. The lack of transportation or not knowing how to use it creates barriers to individuals who don't drive and can't get to work any other way.

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