History of ATI
The Association of Travel Instruction (ATI) is a nonprofit corporation that serves as a professional association for those persons who teach seniors and people with disabilities (other than the blind or visually impaired) to travel independently. This is known as travel instruction.
ATI's purpose is to promote travel instruction as a profession so that more people choose this as a career and to provide a forum where members can interact and share ideas about travel instruction so that the profession and its members continue to improve, resulting in better quality travel instruction for persons with disabilities and seniors.
Many persons have been teaching people to travel independently, cited as far back as 1949. However, due to recent legislation such as the American with Disabilities Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the Rehabilitation Act, there is an increased need for qualified persons who can provide this service to persons with disabilities and seniors. Through funding by Project ACTION a number of organizations, including educational institutions, transportation agencies, public school systems, and agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities, developed a list of essential competencies for travel instructors.
Members of ATI include persons who have been currently providing this service to their students and consumers, parents, and interested professionals unrelated to the field. ATI's professional organization will help to serve its members in the following ways:
- To establish a competency based standard to assure quality service in Travel Instruction for seniors and people with disabilities other than blindness or visual impairment.
- To develop and maintain a Code of Ethics.
- To maintain the listing of competencies for those engaged in the practice of Travel Instruction.
- To promote appropriate academic and competency-based preparation of individuals entering the field of Travel Instruction.
- To promote the maintenance of current knowledge and skills of those within the field.
- To help establish an approved and published body of knowledge.
- To establish professional standards for adoption by public certifying and licensing bodies.
- To advocate for the rights and interests of persons with disabilities and seniors as it relates to community access, travel, and transportation.
- To facilitate sharing of information through publications and conferences.
- To educate the public about the mobility needs of people with disabilities and seniors.
- To develop an infrastructure for the profession of Travel Instruction.
- To develop and administer certificates of proficiency and completion for instructors and trainers.
- To provide continuing education.