Helping others ACT for themselves

ACT is the first statewide program set up to make peer travel training available to persons with disabilities who want to learn to use public transportation, such as the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) buses. Mark J. Susa, a young man with several disabilities, personally trains all students and adults who are eligible for the program.

This service is tailored to each persons needs, both readers and non-readers as it uses pictures and or written statements individually tailored to each person's bus route.

The purpose of ACT is to help people access the community directly from their homes, or their service provider's agency. Human service agencies will depend less on expensive fleets and staff at the same time allowing people with disabilities to lead full and independent lives.