Going the Distance

Using transportation data to inform and support program delivery

Pulling the cord on a bus, hailing a cab, changing platforms at the train station, exiting a traffic circle – these are everyday tasks for some, but for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), they can be significant barriers to gaining meaningful employment and participating in their local communities.

More than 80% of individuals with ASD report being heavily reliant on family and friends to meet their transportation needs.1 Greater independence increases the quality of life for individuals with autism and their families, and individuals with ASD report being motivated to learn transportation skills as a means to achieve greater independence and employment success.2

With transportation issues in mind, Worktopia was curious to take a closer look at the distances individuals and families are travelling to access programs, and is using this information to share ideas about program delivery, community partner recruitment and participant skill development.

To read more about what we are learning from transportation data, and how we are using that knowledge to inform and influence programming, click on the TIDBIT link below.

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