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U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

Travel training (new Sec. 300.39(b)(4)) (proposed Sec. 300.38(b)(4))

Comment: A few commenters recommended strengthening the definition of travel training in new Sec. 300.39(b)(4) (proposed Sec. 300.38(b)(4)) and adding travel training to new Sec. 300.43 (proposed Sec. 300.42) (transition services) to acknowledge that transportation is vitally important for children with disabilities to have full participation in the community. The commenters recommended that the definition of travel training include providing instruction to children with disabilities, other than blindness, to enable them to learn the skills and behaviors necessary to move effectively and safely in various environments, including use of public transportation.

Discussion: We believe the definition of travel training already acknowledges the importance of transportation in supporting children with disabilities to fully participate in their communities. New Sec. 300.43(a)(4) (proposed Sec. 300.42(a)(4)) defines travel training to include providing instruction that enables children to learn the skills necessary to move effectively and safely from place to place in school, home, at work and in the community. Therefore, we do not believe that further clarification is necessary. We also do not believe that it is necessary to add travel training to the definition of transition services, as recommended by the commenters. We believe that IEP Teams already consider the importance of transportation and travel training services in the course of planning for a student's postsecondary transition needs. It is unnecessary to state that travel training includes instructing children with disabilities other than blindness, as requested by the commenters, because the definition of travel training already states that travel training is appropriate for any child with a disability who requires this instruction.

Changes: None.

Comment: A few commenters strongly recommended clarifying that the definition of travel training does not include training for children with visual impairments, regardless of whether they have additional disabilities.

Discussion: Any child with a disability, including a child with a visual impairment, who needs travel training instruction to receive FAPE, as determined by the child's IEP Team, can receive travel training instruction. New Sec. 300.39(b)(4) (proposed Sec. 300.38(b)(4)) specifically states that travel training means providing instruction to children with significant cognitive disabilities and any other children with disabilities who require this instruction. We, therefore, decline to change the definition, as recommended by the commenters.

Changes: None.