App aims to help Chattanoogans with cognitive disabilities ride CARTA system independently

The Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD), the City of Chattanooga, CARTA, Orange Grove Center and AbleLink Smart Living Technologies, LLC, unveiled a joint initiative designed to support people with cognitive disabilities in Hamilton County to navigate public transportation using mobile-application based enabling technology…

The Technology Supported Community Inclusion initiative uses AbleLink’s WayFinder SMART Travel system, a mobile application specifically designed for people with disabilities, to navigate the CARTA transit system. Kenny Pittman started using this technology in January to go to Barger Academy, his place of employment, without any staff support. Five others supported by the Orange Grove Center will soon start to utilize this application on CARTA buses. The goal is to expand the use of this technology to any person in Chattanooga with a cognitive disability to navigate public transportation independently.