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About us

DiscoverMyRoute is a travel training program for adults with an intellectual disability. Through in-class sessions and one-to-one route training, we help our students learn how to ride the TTC on their own!

Our program costs $850 and includes:

  • Eight two-hour classes and all take home materials
  • One-to-one route training with an instructor
  • Free access to the DiscoverMyRoute app

ELIGIBILITY

To be considered for the program, the applicant must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have a diagnosis of autism, asperger’s, or an intellectual disability
  • Want to learn how to travel alone in the community
  • Commit to attending eight two-hour classes (six students per class)
  • Commit to learning a new transit route with an instructor, working one-on-one for up to 20 hours

INTAKE INTERVIEW

Interested applicants will need to attend a one-and-a-half-hour intake interview to see if they are a good match for the program.

This will include an assessment of the applicant’s current transit skills and a discussion with the applicant’s parent/caregiver about his or her support needs and personal goals.

Curriculum

The first part of the program takes place over eight two-hour classes. With a maximum of six students, each class is two hours and includes lots of visuals, videos, and fun role-play scenarios.

In the second part of the program, the student will learn how to take the route of their choice through one-on-one instruction on the TTC.

PART 1: Classes

  • Lesson 1: Pedestrian Safety
  • Lesson 2: Ride the Bus
  • Lesson 3: Ride the Streetcar
  • Lesson 4: Ride the Subway
  • Lesson 5: Personal Safety
  • Lesson 6: Trip Planning
  • Lesson 7: A Trip from Start to Finish: Part 1
  • Lesson 8: A Trip from Start to Finish: Part 2

PART 2: Route Training

Route Training

  • The student chooses a TTC route they would like to learn
  • The student and a DiscoverMyRoute instructor take the TTC together to learn the route
  • This process can take up to 25 hours and is conducted one-on-one

We Have Our Own App!

The DiscoverMyRoute app enables people with an intellectual disability to take transit with greater ease and confidence. It provides:

  • TTC route planning and step-by-step directions
  • Real-time arrival information for subways, buses, and streetcars
  • “Get off” notifications that let the rider know when their stop is coming

The app is available in the Google Play store and the Apple App store for purchase. It’s free for students in the DiscoverMyRoute program.

Classes are in session now

Please contact us for upcoming dates.

Licensing

If you’re interested in running the DiscoverMyRoute program at your organization, get in touch! We offer annual licenses that include:

  • Course materials
  • Teaching materials
  • Training and certification of two staff members
  • Access to the DiscoverMyRoute app

Send us an email at contact@DiscoverMyRoute.com to find out more.

If you’re already a DiscoverMyRoute delivery partner and are looking to download course materials, please click the button below to visit our secure portal.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I apply for the program?
You can apply on MyCommunityHub.ca.

I know an adult with an intellectual disability that is interested in the program but still in school. Can they apply?
Yes, they are welcome to apply.

My family member lives outside of Toronto but travels there frequently. Can they apply?
Yes, they can apply. However, route training will only be done on the TTC. The start and end point of any route must be in Toronto. Students and caregivers are responsible for arranging transportation to the start and end point of their route training session.

How long does the route training take?
On average a single route training session is about three hours and most students require about eight sessions. Instructors try to schedule one route training session per week. An average student will complete their route training in two to three months. Depending on the availability of the instructor and the student, two sessions per week could be scheduled which could shorten the time to complete the route training component.

Is transportation available for students to and from class?
No. The participant and/or caregiver are responsible for their own transportation to and from class locations and the start and end points of route training sessions.

The course fee of $850 is bit expensive for those with a lower income.
Because we don’t have any external funding for the program, it needs to be self-sustaining. The bulk of the fee goes toward paying the instructor. Included is 25 hours of one-to-one route training which allows the instructor to personalize the concepts learned in class to suit the student’s needs. This is what makes our program highly effective compared to programs where the route training instruction is done in groups. Paying staff to provide one-to-one instruction is costly. However, we are always looking at ways to reduce costs and the possibility of offering options to those in particular financial hardship when we have the means to do so.

Media & Testimonials

Testimonials

“Because I have learned the basics of what to do, I don’t have those fears of getting lost. Travelling to a new place used to cause me anxiety and now I feel confident.” – DiscoverMyRoute graduate

“Before the program, my daughter couldn’t take public transit on her own. Therefore, her activities were limited. Now she understands what’s involved and, in addition to the route she now knows, we are already learning new routes. This training has also helped tremendously with her self-esteem.” – Parent of a DiscoverMyRoute graduate

“Once a person can travel on their own, they can volunteer, go to school, do social activities. The foundation of all these choices is being able to get there.” – DiscoverMyRoute Steering Committee Member

Press

May 24, 2019

DiscoverMyRoute: Teaching Public Transit Skills

January 15, 2019

Press Release: Moovit and Toronto Developmental Service Agencies Launch Program to Increase Transit Rider Independence

December 28, 2018

Mentally disabled man anxious about Presto after transit card problems nearly left him stranded

Get in touch!

Email: Contact@DiscoverMyRoute.com

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