The Independent Travel Training Programme was launched in May 2014 by Derby City Council in partnership with The Integrated Disabled Children’s Service based at the Lighthouse.

The travel training offers young people with Special Educational Needs a set of essential skills to enable them to travel independently.

Travel Trainers work on a one-to-one basis with a learner to gain independence on a specific route to and from school or college. They usually work with a learner for about 10 return sessions, gradually developing their independence through accompanied, close and distance shadowed journeys.

The scheme promotes independence, increases confidence, improves social skills and opens up routes to further education, employment and leisure.

We spoke to Meghan Simpson who has recently become an Independent Traveller after successfully completing the Independent Travel Training Programme which was delivered by the Integrated Disabled Childrens’ Service based at the Lighthouse in partnership with Derby City Council.

Meghan is a 16 year old young lady who lives in the city with her grandparents who are also her carers and guardians.


Peter Simpson and his wife, Beverley are Meghan’s grandparents and have fully supported Meghan to reach her full potential by encouraging Meghan to become as independent as she can be. We spoke with Peter about the impact of the programme on Megan.


For more information on Independent Travel Training click here