http://ctonabudget.blogspot.com/2016/06/dealing-with-paperwork-school.html), DS will need to get to the local university. He also is about to start his Summer job. He contiues with rehabilatatve therapies at the hospital. While I am currently available (he has yet to be screened to be able/denied the right to drive), I won't always be able to drive him around, anticipating that I will have employment within 2 months. He also needs to gain independance. Seeing his twin (who currently is residing with Dad) driving, has been hard, as I expected.
We applied to the local city bus company for the ADA Para Assisted program, and we had the on site interview yesterday. They really bend over backwards for potential clients. When the supervisor first phoned to set up the interview, he offered sending a car to come and get us/bring us back home. I thanked him, stating that I do have a car, we'll drive over (another place that is within 5 minutes of here).
DS automatically qualifies for the ADA program which gets priority over all over trips. This means that in the rare instance that he schedules a ride, if needed, they will bump someone else who already has a scheduled ride but is not disabled. We will be able to have on going appoitments scheduled automatically, to eliminate the need to phone the scheduler every 2 weeks (the max. time ahead to call). He is allowed 2 same day round trip rides a month, without 24 hour notice, if space on the shuttle van allows.
He will be picked up and returned just outside of our condo. Door to door service. This is the same physical shuttle van for lack of a better word, that Seniors can use, along with the disabled, to schedule rides. It runs, however, alongside the city bus system for the ADA program which means from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week, to meet ADA transportation needs. Typically, IME, the Senior rides run 8:30-4:30 time frame Mon thru Fri only. The ADA para transit will take him up to 3/4 of a mile outside of the city bus line limits. Should someone accompany him, that fare is waved.
We chose to prepurchase 10 ride passes for him, for which we have resources for reimbursement. $22.50 for 5 round trip rides/week. These passes never expire. Additionally, should he take the regular city bus (definately with one of us), his fare is automatically reduced 50%. He will be receiving a state issued, ADA para transit id badge/pass that he can use on any public transportation venue within CT. It normally is automatically transferable, should he go/move out of state.
In the event of inclement weather, and an anticipated shut down of the bus/transit system, DS will be contacted, and they will arrange for an early pick up to return him home. Pretty awesome.
This will give DS some real independance and free up my time. Although I drive a hybrid and we now live close to everything, a side effect is that this will save me fuel costs as well. Main goal is for DS to gain independance.