On September 20th, 2017 professionals who serve the counties of Armstrong, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence gathered together at Park Inn—West Middlesex to discuss greater collaborative efforts for assisting individuals with disabilities in obtaining competitive, integrative employment in their region.
While discussing agency resources, opportunities for partnership and barriers to their objectives, numerous participants recognized the need for affordable, safe, easy-to-use transportation opportunities. In order to obtain and maintain employment, the individual’s EEC participants serve need reliable transportation options. Unfortunately, public transportation is often limited or unavailable.
After identifying transportation as a barrier, EEC New Castle participants began brainstorming innovative solutions for the individuals they serve. Some participants suggested a local taxi service, similar to Uber, that could transport individuals to their jobs safely. Other participants suggested a family networking system, which would connect families with one another to establish carpooling schedules. Other participants began to brainstorm jobs that could be done from home, to limit the need for transportation.
As wheels turned in the heads of participants, it became clear that, before long, wheels would be turning on the ground for employees with disabilities who need transportation to their workplace. It is exciting to see the impact we can make on our community and on the lives of the individuals we serve when we come together and discuss how to use shared resources to achieve our objectives.