Americas Dec 24, 2012
RIDGEWOOD, NJ: The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation, a national autism organization that develops, advocates for and funds innovative initiatives benefiting adults on the spectrum, Easter Seals Project Action, and Feeley Consulting announced the publication of the GET Going! Guide, (Guiding Everyday Travel), a free pocket-sized resource for individuals living with autism and other challenges.
“The ‘GET Going! project’ was inspired by an adult who has autism and travels independently on buses and trains but finds it difficult to remember what to do when unexpected things happen in the course of travel,” says Linda Walder Fiddle, Founder and Executive Director of The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation.
Walder Fiddle spearheaded the project in collaboration with Easter Seals Project Action staff— nationally-recognized experts on accessible-transportation—and Cecilia Feeley, who runs a transportation consulting firm. Together they developed the easy-to-use GET Going! Guide, a portable tool for travelers to consult when something out of the ordinary occurs and they become flustered or forget the travel training they received. It covers such topics as: What to do if you lose your fare, miss your stop, feel unsafe, or get lost.
Easter Seals Transportation Group produces practical resources that people with disabilities can use to identify, plan for, and access available transportation options in their communities. The GET Going! Guide was developed based on concerns of adults and adolescents on the autism spectrum who currently use, or would like to use, their local public bus, train or subway.
Mary A. Leary, Ph.D., Vice President Easter Seals Transportation Group, states, “Easter Seals is pleased to have added our knowledge of the needs of people with autism and our expertise on accessible transportation to that of The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation and Feeley Consulting to produce this new pocket guide, which will provide support to people with autism as they independently use public transportation to get to the places they want to go.”
According to transportation expert Cecilia Feeley, “The ability to travel independently is very empowering. It allows individuals to take control of their lives and their choices. Those who can’t or don’t drive can take public transit to meet their daily needs and maintain a high quality of life. However, using the local bus or train can be overwhelming, especially when something goes wrong. The GET Going! Guide allows individuals to get quick answers to common problems that happen when riding the bus or train.”
Recommendations contained in the GET Going! Guide, which is now available nationwide, were compiled through a collaborative process involving public transit service providers and operators, travel trainers, transit researchers, and disability experts. The goal was to provide simple solutions to problems and help people avoid potential crisis situations, while getting them back on their route and to their destinations safely.