Regardless of where your child with special needs is traveling, it's important that he or she gets there safely. Oftentimes, your child can travel using conventional car seats and seat belts, however in some cases specialized transportation may be required. Here are a few resources available that can assist with transportation to and from medical appointments, social events, school and other needs.
- Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission - State of Ohio agency that partners with Ohioans with disabilities to achieve quality employment and independence.
- RTA Project Mobility - A curb-to-curb paratransit service, to certified individuals with disabilities who are unable to use regular fixed routes
The world of car seats is challenging to most parents. Navigating these tough waters, especially if your child has specal needs, is often difficult. Fortunately, there are some resources for you.
- National Center for the Safe Transportation of Children with Special Needs - Center that serves as a resource for families, health care professionals, transportation providers, and child passenger safety advocates to best protect children with special needs while being transported.
- American Academy of Pediatrics - A complete listing of all car seats by manufacturer, price point and height and weight requirements to help you choose an appropriate car seat.
Featured Program: Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley
This program provides car safety seats for families of children with special needs to accommodate the child’s disability and ensure his or her safety. Families receive car seat instruction from a certified child passenger safety technician specializing in special needs car seats.
Additional Resources at Dayton Children's
In addition to the resource center, we also offer the complete KidsHealth Library to help parents learn more about a specific condition. Information is given in easy-to-understand terms and in many cases available in Spanish as well as English.
We encourage you to explore and feel free to add resources that are currently not included by emailing FRC@childrensdayton.org. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please don’t hesitate to contact our MeadWestvaco Family Resource Center at (937) 641-3700.