The Kennedy Center Travel Training is a nationally acclaimed program that teaches people with disabilities and seniors how to properly and safely use the local bus and rail system on a one-to-one basis throughout the state of CT. Since 1991, The Kennedy Center has successfully travel trained more than 3,000 people with cognitive, sensory, and physical disabilities, aged 16-95, to use local buses and trains to access the community. There is no charge for travel training, our program is grant funded by The Connecticut Department of Transportation.
Should I participate?
Connecticut residents with disabilities and seniors who wish to become more independent should consider participating. Your residence and destination should be on or near a bus or train route. Travel destinations are your choice and can include; work, medical appointments, and leisure activities.
How do I learn to use public transportation?
The training process is individualized to meet your personal needs, with an overall emphasis on safety. A qualified mobility instructor will travel with you to your desired locations, at times of your convenience. Your instructor will stay with you, teaching you techniques for safe travel until you are ready to travel on your own.
What other assistance does travel training offer?
In addition to teaching skills needed to take the bus/train, The Kennedy Center Travel Training Program addresses such issues as:
- Street crossing
- Interacting with strangers
- Being prepared for unexpected circumstances
- What to do if lost
- Proper wheelchair securement
- Self advocacy
How long will it take me to learn my route?
There is no time limit for training. An instructor will stay with you until you feel comfortable and confident riding the bus or train, and will be available for follow-up services.
What will it cost me?
We are funded by the Connecticut Department of Transportation, therefore there is no cost for the training program. Each participant, however, is required to pay the bus or train fare while training is taking place.
We are also available to conduct “Train the Trainer” seminars and to consult with agencies interested in starting a Travel Training Program. For more information on The Kennedy Center Travel Training Program, please contact our statewide travel training phone number directly at 203-365-8522, ext. 2950 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridgeport/Stamford Area 2440 Reservoir Ave, Trumbull, CT 06611: 203-365-8522, ext. 2950
Waterbury/Danbury Area 203-365-8522 Ext. 2075
New Haven Area/Middletown Area 203-556-1079
Hartford Area 203-683-8984