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The Essential Guide to Safe Travel-Training for Children with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities

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Table of Contents

Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgements. About the author. Introduction. Part One: Travel-Training - The Essentials. 1. A life priority: Safe & independent travel. 2. How to achieve safe and independent travel. Part Two: Travel-Training - The Ingredients. 3. Establishing the travel-training goal. 4. Planning and teaching a travel route. Part Three: Travel-Training - Important Considerations. 5. Techniques for Travel-Training. 6. Environmental Factors. 7. Road Crossing. 8. Other Very Important Travel-Training Skills. 9. Travel-Training in Schools with Student Groups with Disabilities. 10. Travel-Training Case Studies. 11. Appendices. 12. Index.

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Complete guide on how to train children with an intellectual disability to travel safely and independently

About the Author

Dr Desiree Gallimore is the Psychologist/Director of Travel-Training Solutions, and a consultant for parents and professionals on the way to teach safe travel-training for children with intellectual disabilities. She is the Psychologist/Academic Manager for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, and coordinates the Master of Disability Studies (Sensory Disability) at the Macquarie University, Australia. She is also the lead editor of the International Journal of Orientation and Mobility.


This book is must-read for everyone who provides travel instruction! An expert instructor describes the specialized teaching strategies and sequence of instruction she has used for decades. The case studies show how the crucial elements of an effective training program yield success. I recommend this invaluable resource to all of my colleagues. -- Bonnie Dodson-Burk, Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist, Pittsburgh Public Schools In this excellent volume Dr. Desiree Gallimore gives the reader the understanding and confidence to teach students safe and independent travel. The book engagingly balances great expertise with solid common sense applied to a vitally important topic. Congratulations to author and publisher for producing a winner! -- Dr. Michael Farrell, private consultant in special education and author of Educating Special Students (3rd edition) Desiree Gallimore's well-structured lockstep 'bible' on travel-training will go a long way to alleviating the valid concerns and fears that plague families and carers when considering independent travel for people with a disability. She skilfully debunks many of the myths associated with independent travel whilst stressing the fact that it is a life changing/door opening event for people of all ages. This is an important and highly recommended book for all concerned with maximising the independence of every person with a disability. -- Eileen Lyons, Department of Education, Transition to Post School for Students with Disabilities, Northern Sydney

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