You can learn about transportation resources from:
- Your child's care coordinator or case manager
- A case manager at your child's health plan
- Community service organizations in your area (for example, Knights of Columbus and Handikids)
Tips: Using Public Transportation
- If you live in Boston, contact the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA). Ask about accessible buses, trains, and The Ride.
- If you live outside of Boston, contact the local transit authority and ask about special transportation. For example, in Brockton there is Dial-A-BAT ( Brockton Area Transit) and in Western Massachusetts there is PVTA ( Pioneer Valley Transit Authority).
Car Seat Safety
To keep your baby and young child safe, always use a child safety seat (car seat). A safety seat can only protect your child if you use it correctly. To make sure you install the car seat correctly, follow the directions that come with it, or call 800-CAR-SAFE or 617-624-5992 (TTY).
A child with special health needs may need a special, adapted car seat depending on the condition or diagnosis. Ask your child's primary care provider (PCP) about the kind of car seat your child needs. You can find information about special car seats in the Assistive Technology and Adaptive Equipment section of the Family TIES Resource Directory.
Tip: Call your local police or fire department to find out if your town has a car seat safety program. There may be a professional who can help you install your child's car seat in your car.
This information is provided by the Division for Children & Youth with Special Health Needs within the Department of Public Health.