ERIC Number: ED064841
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Transportation and the Mentally Retarded.
President's Committee on Mental Retardation, Washington, DC.
Reported were the results of a contract that involved identification, description, and categorization of the nature of transportation problems for the mentally retarded by means of analysis of existing studies, two surveys, and an inventory of specialized programs and systems operating in the United States. One major problem was found to be development of independent travel. The case for training the mentally retarded to travel independently included mention of success in travel training, problems in travel training, desire for independence, experiences with driver education, and burden on parents. Modes of transportation covered included walking, buses, bicycles, trains and planes. Training of individuals versus modification of equipment and other recommendations were made. The other major problem found was improvement of dependent travel. Mechanics of transportation reported included method of payments and costs, staff and volunteer resources, lease, buy or contract for services, safety, insurance, and scheduling. Modes of transportation covered were cars, vans, taxis, and buses. Eight recommendations, alternatives to transportation, and sources of government funding were reported. (CB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: President's Committee on Mental Retardation, Washington, DC.