Oh, The Places You Can Go (to have fun in NJ)
Empowering People with Disabilities to use Public Transit Safely and Independently
Wednesday September 29, 2021; 12:00-1:30pm, CEU’s: .15

Webinar presented by NJ Travel Independence Program @ Rutgers

Registration at Fee: Professional $25, Family Member/Parent $10

Planning a trip can be fun, exciting, and at times challenging when you or a family member has a disability.  Expert presenters will discuss how to use the public transit safely and independently.  They will share their previous travel experiences and demonstrate APPS and other trip planning tools to help participants plan trips to places they have always wanted to visit. 

Learning Outcomes:

Attendees will be able to:

1.         Explain how to plan a trip using the public transit system

2.         Summarize how to apply of a reduced fare card

3.         Identify one location of interest that is accessible via public transportation

Expert Speakers

Jeffrey Dennis has been a Travel Instructor with NJTIP since July 2015. His primary responsibilities include teaching individuals with disabilities, senior citizens, and others how to safely and independently utilize public transit. Mr. Dennis has also been the lead instructor and curriculum designer for a grant-based travel training program with Camden County Educational Services Commission. As a testament to the success of NJTIP’s virtual training, Mr. Dennis has presented at a national conference for the Association of Travel Instruction on his virtual curriculum design and virtual field trips. Mr. Dennis received a B.A. from Rutgers University in 2008 in Psychology with a focus on Child & Adolescent Development. He worked for the Douglass Developmental Disability Center from 2008-2015 serving the needs of young adult students with autism spectrum disorders.

Louis Hoffman serves as a program manager and has been a travel instructor with NJTIP since 2008.  He specializes in group travel instruction programs for older adults and people with disabilities, as well as Connect to Transit workshop training for professionals. Mr. Hoffman currently manages multiple projects including a new multi-county mobility management program and leads targeted projects with schools and human service agencies.  Throughout his tenure, he has created customized local guides using public transit. Mr. Hoffman is a graduate of the School of Social Work at Rutgers University with a concentration in Nonprofit and Public Management as well as an area of emphasis in aging. He was a recipient of a 2012-13 Fellowship in Aging. Additionally, Louis Hoffman was a board member of the National Association of Travel Instruction from 2010 through 2015.

Melody Bundy is a program manager with experience in travel training and ten years of experience in education. Most of Ms. Bundy’s work includes training individuals to use public transportation to become independent travelers. She received her Master of Public Administration degree in Non-Profit Management from Capella University and Bachelor degree in Economics from Seton Hall University.