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Three years ago, in 2022, we had the idea to organize a project for Autism Acceptance Month with the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority where children with ASD got to make public service announcements throughout the subway system. Many children with ASD exhibit perseverative behaviors around trains. It is not at all unusual for the first full sentences an autistic child utters to be a train announcement.

Children with Autism Transforming Transit Announcements Across America

The project took off almost immediately—attracting local news and including this story here. So we did it again in 2023—only this time with almost every major transit agency in the U.S. Over 100 local children with autism who love trains in San Francisco, Atlanta, Washington, New Jersey and New York City put their own unique twists on subway service announcements and then BART, MARTA, Washington Metro, NJ Transit and the MTA played them throughout their systems in April (Autism Acceptance Month). In 2024, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and the Maryland Transit administration participated for a total of 7 major transit agencies!

Taking Our Non-Profit Global to Support Neurological Differences in Transit Systems

The project has been tremendously popular with a reach and profile that has far extended beyond what we could have expected. Recently, we formed a 501c3 with an experienced board to further our ambitions.

Our goal is to build on what we have established to take our non-profit global by extending these announcements internationally and working in countries that may have state-of-the-art transit systems but mixed histories when it comes to caring for and accommodating those with neurological differences.

We anticipate this happening as soon as next year while also expecting to grow in the U.S. through an even larger list of participating transit systems. Ultimately, we aim to establish workforce partnerships with transit agencies to connect young adults with ASD to job opportunities that might provide them genuine careers and a pathway to financial independence—a huge challenge for people with ASD.

Supporting the Autism Transit Project's Mission to Empower Children with Autism

The Autism Transit Project is still well within its startup status yet has proven the concept and succeeded beyond all expectations. Our growth trajectory is steep, and we are therefore perfectly situated to raise money from those who support our efforts, believe in our cause and love children with autism as much as we do.

If you would like additional information, have interest in supporting us or have other ideas we should explore, we would be delighted to hear from you! We are passionate about helping people with autism and hope to connect with those who feel similarly.

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Please consider making a donation today. All contributions are 100% tax deductible and would be put to work on behalf of children with autism!