October has been a very busy month for Environmentally Challenged with new travel trainees, group lessons at Oak Bridge 19+ Provision, and an epic adventure into Central London with Oak Lodge School for their ‘Over the Bridges and Up the Shard Charity Challenge’! It’s time for a long overdue update…
One to One Travel Training
Our newest budding independent traveller is making great progress in learning how to safely complete his journey between home and college using the Single Journey program.
Just a few lessons in and he can already remember both the walking route and the bus route. Well Done! The next task is learning how to cross the road safely and confidently every time.
Group Road Safety and Travel Training Lessons
Oak Bridge students are really enjoying their weekly Road Safety and Travel Training sessions with Environmentally Challenged. A wide variety of activities, resources and approaches are used in each session to ensure that every child benefits.
Please see the Resources section of the website to access a selection of road safety activities from around the internet, along with some exclusive content from Environmentally Challenged.
Over the Bridges and Up the Shard Charity Challenge
As soon as I heard about Oak Lodge’s Charity Challenge I thought that it was an amazing idea – getting over 150 students with a range of complex needs, learning difficulties, autism and physical disabilities into the centre of London using public transportation, crossing the Thames using as many bridges as possible, going up The Shard to soak in the view, and getting back to school… all before 15.30… now that’s a challenge!
Environmentally Challenged produced several step free route plans to ensure that all students, including those with reduced mobility and wheelchair users, could participate in and enjoy the whole experience. Both the ‘Step Free Route at London Bridge Station’ and ‘Oak Lodge Challenge – Step Free Route‘ are available to download freely for anyone who may find them useful.
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Stand at the traffic lights on a major street in any city. Now, when the green man invites you, try to cross the road. Unless you have the acceleration of an Olympic sprinter, the chances are that the beeps will stop, the green man will flash and cars will rev impatiently before you’ve reached the sanctuary of the other side. Especially if you have a disability, are pushing a buggy or laden with shopping. Or are old. The Department of Health says the average walking speed demanded by pedestrian crossings is 1.2 metres a second, while the average speed of the older pedestrian is just 0.7 to 0.9 metres per second.