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Northern Rail has generously given 20 bearer passes to Specialist Autism Services which will allow their workshops and members freedom to travel for free around their East Region, from Leeds, Bradford, York and Shipley to places like Otley, Sheffield, Hebden Bridge, the Yorkshire Dales, Hull, Scarborough and many more destinations.
Travelling by train can be a scary and unnerving experience for someone on the autistic spectrum. Trains and train stations can be busy and noisy and hard places to navigate. Changes of platform and delays can create difficulties.
With these tickets, all of the signals are green allowing SAS members a smoother journey into the community and the opportunity to develop some key life skills.
The partnership will run throughout the year and SAS will be regularly feeding back to Northern about their experiences of travelling around the stations and network. They will be working with Northern to help them understand some of the challenges posed to adults with autism and to identify changes that Northern could make to help with some of these.
With this helping hand our members will be full steam ahead for traveling independently and the world of employment.
On Monday 21st May staff and members from SAS’s Community Engagement and Employability workshop met with Richard Issac, Simon Peace & Paul Barnfield (East Area Director) for a chat and to pick up the passes. The group had already put together a list of places to travel to using these passes and were looking forward to getting on the tracks!
Steven Clark – Service Coordinator for Specialist Autism Services said:
“On behalf of everyone at Specialist Autism Services I would like to thank Northern Rail for their generosity, and we’re really looking forward to working in partnership going forward. The passes are going to open up lots of doors and will broaden horizons for our members.”