Having a plan for transportation can often help save an individual with FASD from losing a job or having to explain their disability over and over again.
Regardless of what form of transportation an individual uses to gets to work, it is very important they feel confident in the process and have a plan for arriving on time and without too much stress.
1. If the individual has someone driving them to work, like a parent or a friend, help them understand the importance of memorizing the route. By memorizing the route, they become able to instruct other people who may end up driving them, like an aunt, friend, cab driver, etc.
2. If the individual takes the bus, make sure they have a well mapped out route that you practice with them until they have it memorized. Use the bus route map, and place your own landmarks on the map as you ride the bus.
3. Be sure to “Check In” with the person to see how they are doing riding the bus. Ride with them once a month to be sure they are using socially appropriate behaviors, and still following the same route.
4. Practice asking the bus driver the route with the individual. When a detour arises it can cause a great deal of anxiety, but if the individual has met the bus driver and feels comfortable asking questions they may be able to solve the problem on their own.
5. If the individual walks to work, be sure to map out the route even if it seems simple. Teach the person what areas to avoid if walking at night, and what to say if they are approached by someone they don’t know. Walk the route with the individual a few times, to see what obstacles they may run into.
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