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Travel Training

Watch our short video on the ways we can help you travel throughout the community as independently and safely as possible. 

If you would like to be more independent in your community, CCBDD travel coordinators may be able to help. Travel trainers work with people to assess their skills and help them learn the skills they need to travel safely and as independently as possible throughout their community.


Walking, bicycling, riding buses or rapids (RTA), paratransit service (CRT), traveling by car, taxi or ride sharing service are some of the ways one can receive support to travel throughout the community. Travel trainers can teach skills for safe street crossing, stranger awareness, identifying emergencies and using 9-1-1, and if appropriate, they will ride on an RTA bus alongside the person they are training.


Our travel trainers can provide training according to each person’s needs and abilities. This can include:

  • Pedestrian safety
  • Identification of street signs and landmarks
  • Knowledge of bus routes and schedules
  • Appropriate behavior in the community and on the bus
  • Utilizing bus fares cards and IDs
  • Effective communication with people in the community
  • Other topics that promote navigating the community as independently as possible


Interested in getting your temporary learner’s permit?
We can help you with learning the information necessary to obtain a temporary learner’s permit, including making a referral to other agencies that can assist with on-the-road training.


To learn more about these services, contact our Community Travel Training Program at (216)736-2953 or



Ten videos (covering an array of community safety topics) and a corresponding instructional guide are available to help teach people about the potential dangers that exist when traveling and spending time in the community and to help them identify safe solutions and practice skills for safety and independence.

We encourage teachers/school professionals, DD provider agencies, youth-serving agencies, parents/family members, and anyone else who can assist others benefit from this training to use it as often as desired.
The instructional guide is available 

All ten videos are available on the CCBDD YouTube channel- Look for CCBDD Safety in the Community Training Series.

We provide a free, two-day Community Access and Skills Development Training.


Goals and Objectives: To train staff to teach community awareness and public transportation skills to students with developmental disabilities.


Program Format: Classroom presentation combined with actual training in the community


Desired Audience: transition coordinators, other school personnel, adult program specialists, job coaches, etc.


Expected Outcomes: More students with developmental disabilities will learn skills to navigate safely and more independently within their communities.

To learn more about this training program, contact our Community Travel Training Program at (216)736-2953 or



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Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
1275 Lakeside Avenue East
Cleveland, Ohio 44114-1129
PHONE: (216)241-8230 - FAX: (216)861-0253