Wyoming hopes to augment program for people who can’t drive

Wyoming News December 31, 2019

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Wyoming hopes to augment program for people who can’t drive

CHEYENNE, Wyo. | By MARGARET AUSTIN (AP) – For people with disabilities that prevent them from driving, even getting to the grocery store can be a struggle. And the lack of mobility can be isolating.

Wyoming Independent Living’s Transportation Check Program is working to bridge that transportation gap.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that for many, the program is empowering and a morale booster.

In the program, eligible disabled participants use assigned checks as payment for fees or reimbursement of mileage to transportation providers. The checks can defray the costs of a ride provided by a friend, co-worker, neighbor, volunteer or a public provider.

The transportation provider then submits the check to Wyoming Independent Living, Inc. for reimbursement.

Officials say they hope to expand the program’s benefits, especially for those who live in rural areas and have limited access to public transportation.

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