Jun
5
Mon
Elements of a Travel Training Program
Jun 5 – Jul 14 all-day

Registration Fee: $195
Instructors: Allie Donnelly, Julie Dupree and Kristi McLaughlin, ESPA Consulting

Description:

This course provides information about different aspects of travel training programs including variations in programs, scope, people served, data collection and reporting, and program evaluation. Learners will have the opportunity to fully explore and assess their own program and hear from their peers about how other programs operate.

While this is an online course, there is an opportunity to share experiences, ideas and knowledge with colleagues. The course contains readings, activities, and online and teleconference interaction. The format is flexible enough to allow busy professionals to log in and work at any hour of the day or night. Learners will be expected to participate in approximately 12 concentrated hours on activities over the span of the course.

During the course, learners will complete four learning modules consisting of readings, videos, audio recordings, activities, forum entries, and quizzes, and participate in in-depth homework activities and one live teleconference. A total of 12 hours will be required of each learner.

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Additional information will be emailed after registration is complete. If you do not receive this information, email Kristi McLaughlin at espaconsulting@easterseals.com.

Jun
7
Wed
Travel Training Assessments: Determining Student Competency
Jun 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Time : 2:00–3:30pm ET/1:00-2:30pm CT/11:00am-12:30pm PT
Presenter : Julie Dupree, Easterseals Project Action Consulting
Registration Fee: $45

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Jun
12
Mon
Transportation and the ADA Workshop
Jun 12 – Jun 13 all-day

Registration Fee: $195
Instructors: Julie Dupree, Kristi McLaughlin and Donna Smith, ESPA Consulting

*Eligible for 6 hours credit for ACTCP Certification

Description

Have you ever wondered how many companions are allowed to ride with a complementary paratransit eligible passenger?  Or how much assistance a bus operator is required to provide to a passenger with a disability in boarding the bus? Or how many service animals a person with a disability can bring on a fixed route bus?  If you have had these question or other ADA related questions accessible transportation, then this workshop is for you.

This 1.5 day, in-person workshop will cover regulatory requirements for fixed-route, ADA complementary paratransit, and demand responsive transportation.  Instructors will also distinguish between what is a regulatory requirement and what are best practices in customer service.

 

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Jun
14
Wed
ADA Complementary Paratransit Development Resources
Jun 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Time : 2:00–3:30pm ET/1:00-2:30pm CT/11:00am-12:30pm PT
Presenter : Kristi McLaughlin, Easterseals Project Action Consulting
Registration Fee: FREE

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Jul
12
Wed
Implementing Conditional Eligibility for ADA Complementary Paratransit Trip-by-Trip
Jul 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Time : 2:00–3:30pm ET/1:00-2:30pm CT/11:00am-12:30pm PT
Presenter : Kristi McLaughlin, Easterseals Project Action Consulting
Registration Fee: $45

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Jul
19
Wed
AER International Orientation & Mobility Conference 2017 @ Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh
Jul 19 – Jul 22 all-day

Easterseals Project Action Consulting will present one lecture session and one poster session at the AER International Orientation & Mobility Conference 2017.

Sessions will be presented by Allie Donnelly and Julie Dupree with ESPA Consulting.

 

Travel Training Needs Assessment Roundtable Discussion

Orientation & Mobility specialists are increasingly being asked to provide travel training to persons with multiple types of disabilities on how to ride public and private transportation.  Easterseals Project Action Consulting proposes this roundtable session to identify the needed resources, training, and technical assistance to increase the opportunities for professional development of O&M specialists in the travel training field.

 

Certified Travel Training Instructor Poster Session

Easterseals Project Action Consulting (ESPAC) offers certification for professional travel trainers.  Stop by this poster session to learn how to become a certified travel training instructor. Certified through the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), affiliated with the University of South Florida, the program provides new and veteran travel trainers with the Certified Travel Trainer credential.  Credits earned through ESPAC, other professional organizations and work experience can be applied toward the total 60 hours needed for initial certification.

Travel trainers teach people with disabilities, older adults, and interested travelers how to access and use public transportation independently. Skills needed by professional travel trainers include knowledge of human development and behavior, an understanding of transportation systems and services, and ability to teach the concepts of interaction with both the natural and built environment along paths of travel.

With professional certification, you are letting current and future employers know that you have the skill it takes to confidently and successfully assist individuals who want to learn how to ride buses, subways, rail, and commuter ferries in urban, suburban, and rural settings.

Jul
24
Mon
Introduction to Travel Training Workshop @ Disability Network Southwest Michigan
Jul 24 – Jul 26 all-day

Registration Fee: $300
Instructors: Kristi McLaughlin and Donna Smith, ESPA Consulting

Introduction to Travel Training is an intensive three-day workshop with classroom and field instruction. The workshop offers an environment where travel trainers will acquire knowledge in the classroom and in the field, obtaining constructive feedback from trainers and colleagues. Travel trainers will receive a workbook and access to a collection of useful electronic resources ready to use when they return to work.

The workshop consists of ten modules and covers strategies for training on rail systems and in rural communities in addition to the traditional fixed-route bus material.  It also covers the role of travel trainers and ADA complementary paratransit service, ADA rights and responsibilities and the process of assessing ongoing progress throughout training.

 

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Additional information, including suggested lodging, will be emailed within a week of registering. If you do not receive this information or if you would like to receive this information prior to registering, email Kristi McLaughlin at espaconsulting@easterseals.com.

Jul
27
Thu
Advanced Travel Training Strategies Workshop @ Disability Network Southwest Michigan
Jul 27 – Jul 28 all-day

Registration Fee: $195
Instructors: Kristi McLaughlin and Donna Smith, ESPA Consulting

Description:

This 1.5 day, in-person workshop will cover advanced travel trainer strategies including working with trainees with psychiatric disabilities and other less common disabilities, behavioral strategies and techniques from a trainer perspective, using physical strategies safely, advanced street crossing techniques, and more.  Also covered are any updated or current requirements for bus operators for assisting people with disabilities in accessing public transportation.

 

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Additional information, including suggested lodging, will be emailed within a week of registering. If you do not receive this information or if you would like to receive this information prior to registering, email Kristi McLaughlin at espaconsulting@easterseals.com.

Jul
31
Mon
ADA Complementary Paratransit Management Essentials
Jul 31 – Sep 8 all-day

Registration Fee: $195
Instructors: Kristi McLaughlin and Donna Smith, ESPA Consulting

Description:

This online training course is designed to address key elements related  to relationship building with passenger, the public and governing boards. Content highlights customer service management, effective communication, public engagement strategies, building effective relationships with governing bodies and policy development, amendment and implementation.

While this is an online course, there is an opportunity to share experiences, ideas and knowledge with colleagues. The course contains readings, activities, and online interaction. The format is flexible enough to allow busy professionals to log in and work at any hour of the day or night. Learners will be expected to participate in approximately 12 concentrated hours on activities over the span of the course.

During the course, learners will complete four learning modules consisting of readings, videos, audio recordings, activities, forum entries, and quizzes, and participate in in-depth homework activities. A total of 12 hours will be required of each learner.

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Additional information will be emailed after registraion. If you do not receive this information or if you would like to receive this information prior to registering, email Kristi McLaughlin at espaconsulting@easterseals.com.

Community Connections & Your Role as a Travel Trainer
Jul 31 – Sep 8 all-day

Registration Fee: $195

Instructors: Julie Dupree, Allie Donnelly, and Kristi McLaughlin, ESPA Consulting

Travel trainers are in a unique position to make connections within their communities to increase the potential for independent mobility. This course starts with an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act and public transportation and how this important piece of federal legislation connects with travel training, followed by information about building a good working relationship with local transportation providers. The remaining two modules explore connections across similar professions such as mobility management and ADA complementary paratransit eligibility programs.

While this is an online course, there is an opportunity to share experiences, ideas and knowledge with colleagues. The course contains readings, activities, and online and teleconference interaction. The format is flexible enough to allow busy professionals to log in and work at any hour of the day or night. Learners will be expected to participate in approximately 12 concentrated hours on activities over the span of the course.

During the course, learners will complete four learning modules consisting of readings, videos, audio recordings, activities, forum entries, and quizzes, and participate in in-depth homework activities and one live teleconference. A total of 12 hours will be required of each learner.

 

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Additional information will be emailed after registration. If you do not receive this information or if you would like to receive this information prior to registering, email Kristi McLaughlin at espaconsulting@easterseals.com.