Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre provides residence and services to 217 clients in rural Western Nova Scotia. A need for client access to community services and events led to the development of “Community Access Program: An Individualized Training Approach”. The bus is an economical method of transportation, is accessible for many clients physically, and offers an entire community of services and recreational events.
The “Community Access Program: An Individualized Training Approach” promotes safety in pedestrian and community situations through specific lessons on personal safety and education on maneuvering rural and municipal roadways. The program allows for increased client independence and builds on or introduces skills that foster client independence. The course includes lesson plans, role play activities, a variety of visuals, checks for understanding, video modelling, and support for the facilitator and attendee. Each aspect of the course is accessible to readers and non-readers and a visual passbook allows clients to keep track of lessons they have completed with competency. To ensure success and confidence, staff accompany clients on the bus for trials and then shadow outings to complete the training.
The Community Access Couse is focused on appropriate community behaviours as well as access to community services and events. The program is people centred in its approach, conception, and execution. The primary goals of the course are the individualization of material to promote client success and encouraging client-community participation to develop knowledge and relationship.

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