Discover My Route – Toronto
April 18 @ 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Discover My Route is a travel training program designed to teach people 18 years of age and older with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder how to use public transit independently in Toronto.
The program has been created in partnership with Kerry’s Place Autism Services, Toronto Transit Commission, Geneva Centre for Autism, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Salvation Army Lawson Ministries, Community Access to Transportation Hamilton and Community Living Toronto.
For the program to be a good fit for the applicant, they must:
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Have a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Want to learn how to travel alone in the community
- Commit to attending eight 2 hour classes (6 students per class)
- Commit to learning a new transit route with an instructor, working one on one
- There will be up to 20 hours of route training to learn one round trip.
- Towards the end of the training, the instructor will follow the participant from a distance once they are confident that the participant can travel the route on their own.
Ages: At least 18 but less than 100
8 in-class sessions will be held on Thursdays from 6:00PM to 8:00PM on the following dates: April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30, and June 6, 2019. *One on one route sessions will be scheduled on an individualized basis, following the last in-class session.
Location: 376 Rusholme Rd., Toronto (Coach House)
The program fee is $850 per participant. The fee will only be charged after an intake session is completed, and a program placement is offered.
The program cost includes the use of a shared Presto Card, which will be pre-loaded with funds to cover the cost of the one-on-one route training sessions.
The first part of the program features 8 classes which will include street safety, instruction on how to use the bus, subway and streetcar, route planning, personal safety and what to do in an emergency. The second part of the program will teach the participant how to travel a route of their choice with one on one instruction in the community from an Instructor.
Interested applicants will need to attend a 1.5 hour intake interview to see if they are a good match for the program. The first half of the interview will be an assessment of the participant’s transit skills. The second half of the interview will also involve the participant’s caregiver and include discussion about the participant’s support needs, goals and class availability.
Classes will be held on Thursdays from 6:00PM to 8:00PM on the following dates:
- Session 1: April 18, 2019
- Session 2: April 25, 2019
- Session 3: May 2, 2019
- Session 4: May 9, 2019
- Session 5: May 16, 2019
- Session 6: May 23, 2019
- Session 7: May 30, 2019
- Session 8: June 6, 2019
*One on one route training sessions will be scheduled on an individualized basis, commencing after Session 8.
Once you register, you will be contacted to schedule a 1.5 hour Intake session.
Note: If you are interested in this program, but the above session dates do not work for you, please register anyway, and you will be contacted about possible alternative dates.
For more information please contact TO.email@example.com or call 416-537-2000 ext. 257 or 265.