Transportation Assistance Fund

The DSAGC understands that some members in our community face challenges getting to and from important activities and appointments. To help, we established the Transportation Assistance Fund (TAF). The TAF provides financial assistance to parents, caregivers, and/or adults with Down syndrome, so they can obtain dependable and convenient transportation to DSAGC programs and events, or medical and therapy appointments for their loved one with Down syndrome.

The DSAGC is offering this assistance through Lyft Ride Passes (or “credits”). The credit will be provided in increments of $50, up to two $50 credits at a time. Eligible families may receive a maximum of $300 in ride credits per calendar year. In order to use the credits, participants must have a smart phone and establish a Lyft account with a valid form of payment (a debit or credit card). The Passes are provided through text message with a link directly to the Lyft Ride app.

The fund is available only to DSAGC families who live in our 12-county service area. To obtain the assistance, participants must complete and submit the TAF application below. To use the Lyft credits, participants must have a smart phone and establish a Lyft account with a valid form of payment (a debit or credit card).

Please take into consideration that there is no supervision or "extra" support to/from the destination. The driver is not responsible for anything beyond driving. 

El Fondo de Asistencia de Transporte (“TAF” por sus siglas en inglés) provee asistencia financiera a los padres de familia o personas al cuidado de individuos con síndrome de Down, para que puedan recibir transporte conveniente a los programas y eventos de DSAGC o a las citas médicas y terapias de su ser querido con síndrome de Down.

DSAGC ofrece asistencia otorgando pases de Lyft Ride (o “créditos”). Los créditos se entregan en incrementos de $50, y hasta doscréditos de $50 por vez. Las familias elegibles pueden recibir hasta un máximo de $300 en créditos cada año calendario. Para utilizar los créditos, los participantes deben poseer un teléfono inteligente y una cuenta en Lyft  que deben abrir utilizando una tarjeta débito o crédito. Los pases se otorgan a través de un mensaje de texto incluyendo un enlace a la aplicación de Lyft Ride.

El fondo solo es elegible para familias de DSAGC que residen en los 12 condados de nuestra área de servicio. Para recibir esta asistencia, los participantes deben enviar el formato adjunto.

Transportation Assistance Fund application in ENGLISHTransportation Assistance Fund application in SPANISH

Taking a few precautions can help you sit back and enjoy the ride.

  • Share your trip with others. If you need to travel alone, consider taking the carpool option. It allows you to ride with others who have a similar destination.
  • Keep your personal information confidential.
  • Request your ride before you go outside.
  • Sit in the back seat and wear your seatbelt.
  • Know your surroundings. Use the app to follow your driver’s progress before they pick you up and while you are en route to your destination.
  • Check the driver’s ratings and read the feedback before you confirm a pick up. Cancel the request if you are not comfortable with the driver.
  • Verify the identity of the driver and car before entering the vehicle. The ridesharing app will show you the driver’s photo, the vehicle’s license plate number, and the make and model of the car.
  • If your personal safety is threatened, call emergency personnel immediately.
  • If something doesn’t feel right, don’t get into the vehicle.