On Wednesday, April 27, 2022, SEPTA celebrated the Accessible Travel Center’s (ATC) 10th Anniversary which happened to fall during National Occupational Therapy Awareness Month.
Pennsylvania State Senator Christine Tartaglione was on hand to present a citation to recognize SEPTA’s efforts. Here is a video highlight.
The ATC has been helping seniors and persons with disabilities learn to use SEPTA since 2012. The transit system counts more than 100 elevators and 117 fully accessible Regional Rail and Transit stations as ADA compliant. It plans to invest nearly $1 billion over the next decade for more accessibility enhancements.
The Center is located in Room 109 of Suburban Station. It is a place where people with disabilities and students on the autism spectrum to familiarize themselves with SEPTA vehicles and practice riding public transportation before venturing out on the real thing. The ATC has a life-sized simulation of a SEPTA bus, fare gates, and mock-ups of a Market-Frankford Line car and a Regional Rail train. The center is open to anyone but appointments are required. For more about travel training, call (215) 580-3335.
The Accessible Travel Center recently received the Fieldwork Educator of the Year Award for the outstanding work that occupational therapists, Catherine Fleming and Amy Raphael, have done with graduate-level OT students. The award was from the Philadelphia Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Consortium, representing Gwynedd Mercy University, Harcum College, Salus University, Stockton University, Temple University, Jefferson University, University of the Sciences, and Widener University.