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Safety tips for pedestrians, not divulging your private information on the bus or train - these are just a couple of tips and critical tools our Day Options clients will explore when we collaborate with iconic South Australian brand, RAA, in July.

The aim is to develop a free Road and Public Transport Safety Awareness Program for the Disability sector.

The RAA already runs free Road Safe Programs for primary and high school students. These workshops are tailored to be age-appropriate and suit the location of each school receiving the program.

In addition, the RAA also runs tailored Road Safety Education programs for older people and for the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community.

However, these pilot programs for our clients is a first for people with disability in South Australia and Bedford can’t wait to get on board.

The RAA/Bedford program collaboration will create and deliver a workshop program aimed specifically at road and public transport users who live with disability.

To establish the content for the program a survey was sent out to Bedford Day Options Managers and teams to poll our clients and Disability Support Workers about the kinds of issues or incidents that people living with a disability experience when accessing public transport and roads on a regular basis.

The results of this survey were shared with the RAA educators, who took the information and developed a program especially for us. The program addresses unique safety issues such as;

  • Wheelchair use on public transport
  • How to validate and top up your Adelaide Metro card
  • Avoiding accidents in and around shelters and bus stops

The first series of pilot programs will be delivered at Bedford Panorama in the July School Holiday period and, if successful, the RAA will present it to all of our metro and regional sites.

This story and many others are available to read in our Changing Lives Magazine First edition 2022.