Way2Go Triples over Last Five Years as Demand for Transit Grows

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Way2Go fleet

Paul, a 34-year-old who has Down Syndrome, relies on CICOA’s Way2Go transportation service to get to his job at a local grocery store and to his activities with Special Olympics. Paul is one of more than 300 Central Indiana residents with disabilities who are participating in the new My Freedom program, a partnership between CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions and Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA).

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Motoring and Indiana

Auto racing is an exciting sport, and the auto industry is important to the state’s economy. Having a car provides mobility and access for Hoosiers. But if you don’t own a car, or can’t drive one, Central Indiana can be difficult to navigate. In the 2017 Community Assessment Survey of Older Adults (CASOA), 26 percent of respondents reported having difficulty finding safe and affordable transportation.

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The Glass Always Full

Unfortunately, very often Older Americans are associated with and heavily influenced by “over the hill” language and humor that are quite uncomplimentary. These things really have no place in a society that is pushing diversity and tolerance in every other cohort. Studies show that bad feelings about growing older can literally affect memory, balance and longevity—and the uncomplimentary stuff contributes to bad feelings and “glass totally empty” experiences, if you will.

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Urban Farming, Farmers Markets Help Alleviate Hunger

Food insecurity affects families in every nook and corner of Indiana. Digging deeper, 2 of 10 families in 38 of the state’s 92 counties say they have no idea when their next meal will be or where it will come from, affecting more than 300,000 children alone.

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Field Notes: Karren Sondrini, Way2Go

Way2Go one of Indy’s “Best Kept Secrets”

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Jackie Reveals Best Kept Secret

One of Indy’s “best kept secrets” turns out to be not so secret, after all, at least among certain groups.

“There’s a funny thing about blind people—everybody shares information about services that help people. So when CICOA started a transportation program, word spread quickly, and I called right away,” Jackie said.

Jackie, 66, was born blind. She first connected with CICOA about 16 years ago, she recalled. She and her husband, Ray, were seeking home health care for Ray’s mother, who lived just around the corner from them. A friend suggested that they call CICOA, which helped them navigate the Medicaid waiver application process for in-home services.

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