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Travel instruction is the professional activity of teaching individuals with disabilities, seniors, and others how to use public transportation independently and safely to access their environment and community. Find a program near you.
Many transit authorities in Massachusetts offer travel instruction programs for individuals and/or groups.
Montachusett Regional Transit Authority
(offered in partnership with local human service agencies)
Some state agencies, human service agencies, or community agencies that serve seniors or people with disabilities may offer travel instruction as part of their suite of services. If you are interested in learning to ride transit and are currently working with an agency or caseworker, ask them if they offer this service.
Blind individuals can receive Orientation and Mobility training from the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, which can include travel instruction among other activities.
Many schools offer some travel instruction or transportation exposure as part of their special education or transition curricula, especially for students who have a goal of independent travel in their Individualized Education Program (IEP). Talk to your school to find out what they offer, or to encourage them to incorporate public transit into the curriculum.