Robert: The Joy of First-time Travel
Robert is a young man in his 20’s who has a cognitive disability. He receives help managing bills and social skills through the Independent Living Program with Broadscope Disability Services. Robert and his Community Support Coordinator meet each month to work on different life skills – including creating and managing a budget, and connecting with others through social activities. As the Community Support Coordinator explains, “Robert gets up, goes to work, comes home, makes a frozen pizza for dinner, watches a little TV, and then goes to sleep. There’s more to life than that – let’s explore!”
In the spirit of exploration, Broadscope began talking with Robert about planning a vacation – something that he had never done before. Broadscope researched and found a local travel company that specifically serves people with disabilities. Robert decided he’d like his first vacation to be a Fall Colors Train Ride. In the weeks leading up to his big adventure, Broadscope worked with Robert to create a packing list, purchase a suitcase, and took him to the train station so he would know what to expect in that new environment.
Robert boarded a train for the first time. The train took him across Wisconsin, up the Mississippi River, past thousands of trees adorned in their autumn colors. Finally, the train stopped at a small border town in Minnesota. Robert spent two nights in a historic hotel, toured the town of Red Wing, explored museums, and went on a scenic boat ride. When asked about what he liked best about his first vacation, Robert said, “It was a nice group of people to travel with, and amazing fall colors to see while taking the boat ride on the river. I also got to see the biggest boot in the world!”
Thanks to Broadscope’s dedication and preparation, Robert was able to take his first-time vacation. Robert now has the curiosity and the confidence to continue to explore new ventures.