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Adults with Special Needs


Image of a binder opened to the second section entitled Independent Living. On the open binder page is a collage of pictures: a road map, a picture of a G P S system, a handicap placard, and a picture of a lady driving a car.

Transportation is necessary for work, medical care, and recreational and social opportunities. Knowing the best routes to take and planning for adjustments to those routes in the event of traffic, weather, or changes to a routine can make travel easier for individuals with disabilities. Keeping current maps, timetables, and schedules can assist with unplanned issues that may arise. Using an assistive technology item, such as a global positioning system (GPS), or a phone-based Internet mapping service can help when travel plans change. If a disability limits mobility or creates a safety concern in parking lots, obtain a handicapped placard or license plate from the Department of Motor Vehicles. These placards and plates allow the use of special reserved parking spaces. However, if the disability or injury is temporary, there is a limit to the amount of time placards can be used.

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