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Youth in Transition Toolkit:


Independent 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.

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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