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Youth in Transition Toolkit:


In(ter)dependent living

Community life


How will the youth get around in the community?

For many people with disabilities, the inability to travel from place to place without assistance is a significant barrier. It impacts their ability to explore the community, interact with friends and family, and engage in hobbies. Learning to get around on their own is a key aspect of preparing to live independently.

Transportation is about understanding the available options, getting a driver's permit and license or practicing using public and app-based options, and then using transport as independently as possible. It also includes:

  • Problem solving effectively if lost
  • Navigating to key destinations in the community
  • Using GPS or other maps to navigate to new destinations
  • Understanding the rules and constraints of accessible transportation services (if available)
  • Awareness: Understand available transportation options, including a driver's license and personal vehicle, public transportation and app-based transportation.
  • Exploration: Identify personal transportation and mobility strengths, preferences, interests and needs.
  • Preparation: Obtain driver's license and/or practice using other modes of transportation.
  • Implementation: Use personal or public transportation options as independently as possible.

Workplace readiness training

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LEARN: Develop your knowledge

Learn how to support youth in exploring transportation.

Check out the Transportation section under Top Topics for common questions about transportation.

Travel training for youth with disabilities (PDF) is a proven primer on helping youth understand transportation options.

Resources DO

DO: Work with youth

Find resources to help youth explore transportation.

Check out Minnesota's driver's license information from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety to help youth identify steps to get a driver's permit and license.

Review The Arc Minnesota's transportation resources page, and help youth navigate's transportation resources.


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