What is the Association of Travel Instruction?
The Association of Travel Instruction (ATI), founded in 1998 and incorporated in early 2001, is a national professional association, which exists to develop the relatively new professions of travel training instructor and travel trainer for seniors and persons with disabilities, other than those with blindness. The goal of ATI is to serve the practitioners who teach persons with disabilities and seniors to use public transit safely and independently. Its members include travel training instructors/travel trainers who work for transit properties, school districts, community rehabilitation agencies, independent living centers, and agencies providing adult day services. Members of the association also include parents of children with disabilities, orientation and mobility specialists for persons with blindness, and persons with disabilities who are transportation advocates. Membership in ATI is open to anyone interested in the accessible transportation field.
Vision Statement and Values
The Association of Travel Instruction (ATI) is the leading national organization providing support, information, education and advocacy for the profession of travel instruction.
We believe no person should be denied the opportunity to fully participate in their community as a result of an inability to use public transportation. ATI supports the development of Travel Trainers and Instructors in their professional role of teaching individuals who need assistance on how to use public transit.
Our members’ mission is to serve our travel training participants. We advocate on a national, regional and local level for the right and opportunity of all people to move about without denial or harm and with purpose on public conveyances available to all citizens. ATI, its instructors, trainers, members and supporters value and are committed to:
- Teaching Excellence - the gold standard of quality instruction, professional development and business sharing and networking to further the lives of people with disabilities and older adults.
- Independence - so that people with varying ability levels can be active and participating members of their community and society
- Respect and Integrity - our organization is guided by honest, transparent, responsible and accountable actions and deeds that serve our travel training participants, ATI members, sponsors and supporters’ interests
- Diversity and Inclusion - we respect, attract and support a diverse body of travel training participants, instructors, members and leadership.