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Monday, October 31, 2005

"Finding Wheels: A Curriculum for Non-Drivers With Visual Impairments for Gaining Control of Transportation Needs"

"Finding Wheels" is a curriculum designed for adolescents in middle school and high school who have visual impairments (or other disabilities) and who would benefit from exploring what their options are as non-drivers. The curriculum was written by Dr. Anne Corn of Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and Dr. L. Penny Rosenblum of the University of Arizona.

"Finding Wheels" is very flexible in how it is used - teachers, O&M specialists, or parents can use it with teens in either a home, school, or summer program setting. A teen can move through the curriculum individually or in a group. Not every teen will need to explore all 10 of the units. Each individual's needs and interests will determine what parts of "Finding Wheels" are appropriate.

The curriculum contains four sections. In the first, users meet four travelers, some of whom are more successful than others. Next, teens explore who they are as travelers (e.g., rites of passage, knowing about their own visual impairment as it relates to travel). In the third section, teens are introduced to the variety of transportation methods (e.g., walking, public transportation, paratransit, drivers). The last section focuses on how to be an independent non-driver (e.g., budgeting, planning, what to do when a ride is late).

Throughout "Finding Wheels" there are suggested activities for teens to do in order to learn about themselves and local resources. One popular activity is for teens to interview adult non-drivers. A teacher who has used the curriculum with her high school students commented about the interviews, "It is good that they hear from people who have actual experiences in planning and using resources to meet their transportation needs."

If you are interested in ordering "Finding Wheels", please contact:

Pro-Ed Inc.
8700 Shoal Creek Blvd.
Austin, TX 78757
Toll Free: 800-897-3202
Fax: 800-397-7633

Contributor: Maria Delgado

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