Champions of Tomorrow

Travel Training

Launching Fall 2018

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The Champions of Tomorrow Inc. Travel Training Program teaches individuals with disabilities and seniors how to use the DDOT and SMART fixed-route buses. Travel Training is free except for the cost of transit fares during training sessions.

Our Travel Training Program offers three types of training tailored to meet each participant’s need:

  1. Trip Training
  2. Individual Transit Orientation
  3. Group Transit Orientation

The COT Travel Training Coordinator will help participants decide which type of training will work best for them.

Travel Training sessions are provided by professionals who have experience working with people with disabilities and older adults, and are knowledgeable about transportation accessibility.

To sign up for Travel Training, contact the COT Travel Training Program at (313)-924 or by email at


Trip Training

Participants in this type of training work one-on-one with a travel trainer to practice using buses to travel to locations they visit on a regular basis. During Trip Training sessions participants will practice specific trips repetitively until they learn to complete the trip without assistance. Participants also learn how to recognize landmarks to know when to get off the bus or train, how to interact with transit personnel and other riders and skills to stay safe while traveling.

Individual Transit Orientation

Participants in this type of training will work one-on-one with a Travel Trainer to receive a general introduction to bus accessibility. The goal of Individual Transit Orientation is to educate participants on how to use the entire transit system.

During Individual Transit Orientation sessions a Travel Trainer will explain how to use accessibility features in transit vehicles, and how to plan trips on DDOT and SMART. In addition, Travel Trainers may take participants to a bus garage or rail station to practice boarding transit vehicles or practice using buses to build confidence.

Group Transit Orientation

This type of training provides group presentations at agencies that serve people with disabilities and older adults throughout the tri-county region. The goal of Group Transit Orientation is to give participants and agency staff an introduction to the accessibility of DDOT and SMART service, and to demonstrate the benefits of using fixed route buses.

During Group Transit Orientation presentations, a Travel Trainer will explain how to use accessibility features in transit vehicles and bus stations, how to plan trips and pay fares on DDOT and SMART, and how to travel safely in the community while using buses.