Getting from Here to There: Transportation During the Transition Years
Tuesday, February 12 | 12:00 – 1:00PM
Presenters: Rachel Fichtenbaum and MaryEllen MacRae
Join MaryEllen MacRae of Easter Seals Massachusetts and Rachel Fichtenbaum of MassMobility for a discussion of transportation options available to support transition-aged students with disabilities across Massachusetts as they prepare for life beyond the classroom. Participants will learn about transportation services available to people with disabilities in communities around Massachusetts, explore connections between transition-aged youth and transportation opportunities, and gain a greater understanding of how to effectively infuse the topic of transportation when discussing transition goals. We will also highlight creative transportation initiatives around Massachusetts, share a new tool developed by Easter Seals, and feature resources available to individuals, families, and organizations to help solve the transportation puzzle.
- Rachel Fichtenbaum joined MassMobility in 2011 as Mobility Information Specialist and became the EOHHS Mobility Manager in 2017. She enjoys traveling around Massachusetts and helping organizations identify and implement best practices and innovative strategies to help seniors, people with disabilities, and others improve their access and mobility. Prior to joining MassMobility, she worked in workforce development. She has a Master of Public Policy in Social Policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University.
- MaryEllen MacRae received a Bachelor of Science from Merrimack College and began her career at Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission as the Turning 22 Coordinator in the Independent Living Division for twelve years. In September 2016, MaryEllen joined the Easter Seals team as the Director of Community Support Services overseeing Transition, Employment and Veterans Programs. MaryEllen also created the newly launched College Navigator Program serving college students with disabilities around the greater Boston area.