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COMMUNITY
CONNECTIONS

Our Community Connections (CoCo) team will help you gain the skills to confidently and independently navigate the San Francisco Bay Area.

Travel train virtually:

On your own:

With an instructor:

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COVID-19 Travel Safety Resource Packets are out!

Our downloadable resource packets will teach you how to travel more safely on public transportation amidst COVID-19. The packets include presentations, interactive worksheets, and fun activities for all. We offer our packets in English, Spanish, and Mandarin.

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OUR
PROGRAM

CIL dedicates our Community Connections program to ensuring our consumers more safely navigate through the San Francisco Bay Area using public transportation independently.

OUR
COACHES

Each travel coach is passionate about being your trusted guide.  Your coach will work closely with you to gain the skills and confidence to independently navigate the San Francisco Bay Area using public transportation.

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Community Connections funded by:

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Metropolitan Transportation Commission logo
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1-on-1
TraininG

With CIL’s 1-on-1 Training, you’ll learn to:

  • Access AC Transit and BART

  • Master specific routes of your choice

  • Apply for discounted transit cards

  • Plan trips using trip planner applications

  • Safely use a mobility device

  • Travel through all kinds of weather

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wheelchair
workshops

Join CIL for our Wheelchair Workshops:

  • Wheelchats

  • WMTSP (Wheelchair Marking and Tether Strap Program with AC Transit)

Wheelchats is an informational and support group for wheelchair users, and WMTSP is a program that supports users in safely using AC transit.

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Workshops PackagE

Join our COVID-19 Workshops Package and gain access to: 

  • COVID-19 Travel Safety Workshop

  • Trip Planning Workshop

  • Independent Scavenger Hunt Activities

  • Travel Advocacy Forum Invitation

  • In-Person Travel Excursion

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Coastal
Connections
Youth
Program

Our Coastal Connections Youth Program (CCYP) is a six week program to teach youth with disabilities:

  • How to use public transit to Bay Area coastal environments

  • Environmental stewardship by attending a beach cleanup

  • Self-advocacy and leadership skills

"Beforethis program, I didn’t know how to maneuver around places using my wheelchair without another companion. My travel training coach, Catherine pushes me to do new things, like cycling, which I fell in love with and will continue to do.  Because of her, I am now able to navigate on my own with confidence. "

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INTERESTED IN STARTING YOUR OWN TRAVEL TRAINING PROGRAM?

Click the button and fill out a short questionnaire to download CIL's 2017 Travel Coaching Guidebook, which outlines our travel training curriculum.