Travel Instruction includes components that enable individuals to develop an awareness of the environment in which they live, and learn the skills necessary to move effectively and safely from place-to-place within the worlds of education, employment, and the community in which they live.
Student Assessment - process to determine the student's present levels in travel skills and recommend to the IEP team which component of instruction would best meet his/her needs. 10-15 hours (on average)
Travel Related Skills Instruction - consultation on activities and curriculum to be facilitated by classroom teachers within the school building to increase the student's purposeful movement and ability levels in identified travel related skills. 1 hour/month (on average)
Travel Awareness Lessons - instruction during a short series of introductory lessons to community locations using public transit which build the student's travel skills (not designed for independent travel). 4 to 8 lessons/5 hours each (on average)
Independent Travel Instruction - short-term comprehensive instruction utilizing public transit on the actual route and during the times the student travels until he/she demonstrates mastery of required competencies (upon successful completion, the student is expected to travel independently on that route). 20 sessions (on average, hours depend on length of travel route and student's rate of progress)
What Is Travel Instruction?
Travel Instruction is individualized instruction to teach students with disabilities (other than blindness or visual impairment) the skills necessary to travel safely and efficiently within home, school, and/or community environments.
Travel Instruction Services
FUNCTIONAL ASSESSMENT (INTERNAL/EXTERNAL) - A functional assessment of the student's strengths and needs for skill development related to travel situations. Through the assessment process, the travel instructor observes orientation skills, basic pedestrian skills, use of public transportation, life skills associated with travel and ability to problem-solve. As with any other assessment, this is the first part of the process.
TRAVEL AWARENESS LESSONS - These individualized lessons offer the student a general overview of skills associated with travel. Based upon identified student needs, community-based trips are designed to introduce the student to concepts which may include, but are not limited to: an overview of public transportation, pedestrian safety and street-crossing skills, orientation skills, and functional life skills such as the use of the public telephone. These lessons are not intended to teach independent travel.
INDEPENDENT TRAVEL INSTRUCTION - A short-term, comprehensive instructional program designed to teach the student how to travel safely and independently to/from a destination. Before traveling independently, the student must demonstrate 100% proficiency in required competencies which include, but are not limited to: pedestrian safety and street crossing ability, public transit procedures, appropriate social interactions, and ability to solve problems and handle travel contingencies. This is for students who have a destination to learn to travel independently to a job or post-secondary educational program or training.
TEACHER CONSULTATION/CBI/TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS - Allegheny Intermediate Unit Travel Instructors are available to provide teacher consultation and in-service for the development of curriculum related to travel skills. Consultation can be provided for inclusion of travel concepts in classroom lessons and school-based experiences such as community based instruction for individual students or entire classrooms. We are available to assist in acquiring transportation options for individuals and programs such as ACCESS/ACCESS Connections.