Hi MaCie’ Moore! Thank you so much for your feedback. I really appreciate it. I definitely agree that we must look into creating partnerships with existing transportation providers. This way we can help connect the individuals we serve to existing resources. Where resources do not currently exist, the Be Indypendent Mobility Coordination program can step in to fill the gaps in transportation. The drivers will be considered independent contractors for Down Syndrome Indiana. They will own their own vehicles and carry insurance. Payment will take place through Venmo or similar app. Most adults with Down syndrome are relying primarily on their parents or adult siblings for all of their transportation needs. A challenge is that we are seeing the first generation of individuals with Down syndrome who are living longer than their parents. This poses a challenge for aging parents. Some individuals do utilize Open Door or IndyGo bus service. It is estimated that there about 3,000 individuals with Down syndrome in the Indy Metro area. Thank you again for the feedback. I will work on making updates.
Hi Jasmine Comer! Thank you so much for your comments. Down Syndrome Indiana will reach out to the following organizations: The Arc of Indiana, the Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services (BDDS), the Sunshine Society, the Joseph Maley Foundation, the Center for Youth and Adults with Conditions of Childhood (CYACC), the Indiana Statewide Independent Living Council (INSILC), CICOA, the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA), The Alzheimer’s Association and GiGi’s Playhouse Indianapolis. Hopefully, we will also learn about more partners along the way. Thank you.