TITAN+ is focused on working with young people to have the potential to start travel independence training in the community.
The young people on this programme may already have been working on travel independence skills (TITAN’s Ready to Go! programme) while at school. We'll take this into consideration when we complete our initial skills assessment with your son or daughter.
Travel training is a great opportunity to build up the skills for travel independence and adult life.
In 2020 all the young people trained by TITAN were successful at gaining travel independence. They have remained travel independent and enjoy the freedoms and responsibilities that come with it. Read the stories of some of those young people.
Schools, colleges and other professionals will refer young people to TITAN+ if they believe they have the potential to travel independently.
TITAN’s locality co-ordinators will then contact parents and carers. They will talk about the benefits, how training works, and to gain their consent for the training to go ahead. Once we have signed consent, young people will get their own travel trainer.
Travelling independently brings great advantages to your son or daughter. It will help to:
- Develop life skills so they can become more independent, increasing confidence and self-esteem
- Increase interaction with other young people of the same age, building important social skills
- Open up more opportunities, such as greater access to education, training, jobs, volunteering, leisure and social activities
- Build confidence about going to a new school or college
Provide greater freedom so they are less reliant on you to take them places
The training is a flexible programme. It focuses on helping young people with SEND acquire skills for safe independent travel as well as supporting them to develop invaluable life skills.
It provides them with strategies or ways they can take positive actions to keep safe while travelling. It also teaches them the tools and know how to cope with any challenges.
We base the programme on a series of small tasks. These are repeated and practised until the young person can complete the relevant tasks for that stage.
Sessions are delivered out and about in your local community, supported by some online learning. There are plenty of opportunities to practise using public transport from your home or a meeting point to a new school or college.