Travel Training Curriculum for Individuals with Disabilities

The DDPC announced funding to fund one grantee up to $300,000 ($150,000 per year) to develop and implement a regional travel training curriculum for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to learn how to most effectively use the transportation resources in their communities. 

The importance of reliable and accessible transportation is a central issue for individuals with IDD across their lifespan. Transportation is a means to obtain and maintain employment, live independently in the community, and freely participate in available community activities.  Yet, barriers for individuals with IDD to access adequate transportation in their communities persist and are heightened for those living in rural areas. 

To address the stated need, DDPC plans to issue one grant to develop and pilot a Travel Training curriculum for individuals with IDD in a geographically diverse OPWDD region of the grantee’s choosing to train and support individuals to learn about and master usage of different transportation resources in their area. The curriculum could include modules for parents or caregivers, as well as agency and support staff. This may require tailoring the training based on the needs of various localities in the region, in addition to offering different types of technical support to implement the training based on local need.

It is envisioned that a minimum of 30 individuals with IDD per year, with people from the majority of counties in the region represented, across the selected region will be trained. It is expected that students will work directly with a travel trainer to participate in hands-on skill development, practice, and mastery. The exact modality of said trainings is at the discretion of the selected grantee. 

It is the DDPC’s intention that this grant will serve as the pilot, and subsequent projects would focus on adapting and expanding the curriculum to the remaining OPWDD regions. Accordingly, the project design will include provisions for cultural and linguistic diversity for program participants and should apply to individuals across the lifespan.
 

Deadlines for Letter-of-Intent Submission & Proposal Submission 

  • Contract Term: October 1, 2020-September 30, 2022
  • RFP Posting Date: Monday, January 6, 2020
  • Letter of Intent Due Date: Friday, January 31, 2020, 3:00 PM
  • Proposal Due Date: Friday, February 21, 2020, 3:00 PM

 

Designated Contact / Issuing Officer

DDPC has assigned a Program Planner as the Designated Contact / Issuing Officer for this project. The Program Planner or a designee shall be the sole point of contact regarding the Request for Proposal (RFP) from the date of issuance of the RFP until the issuance of the Notice of Award letter. To avoid being deemed non-responsive, an applicant is restricted from contacting any other personnel of the DDPC regarding the RFP. Certain findings of non-responsibility can result in rejection for a contract award. The Issuing Officer for this RFP is:

Program Planner

Kimberly Berg

518-486-7505

[email protected]

 

*Please Note: On-Line Submission Required in the Grants Gateway System (GGS).*