TTC expands Wheel-Trans eligibility to include people with cognitive, sensory, or mental health disabilities

Via The Star  - For Jack Fuller, taking the TTC can be an overwhelming and stressful ordeal.

The 16-year-old East York resident has been diagnosed with severe social anxiety that often makes the crowds on a packed bus or subway too much to take.

“He just won’t get on by himself. And even if he’s coming with us it’s a big argument,” said Jack’s mom, Cindy Monk-Fuller.

Monk-Fuller drives Jack to school every day, but his not being able to take public transit means there is little flexibility in their daily lives.

“If I go away for a couple of days, it’s, ‘How’s Jack going to get to school?’” said Monk-Fuller, adding that it can be especially difficult if he has to go to medical appointments in the middle of the day.

She also worries about her son’s future if his condition persists. “If he’s not over this, the poor guy can’t go anywhere for the rest of his life,” she fretted.

That’s why Monk-Fuller says she was “over the moon” when she found out that under new rules that went into effect on Jan. 1, Jack and others like him could be eligible to take Wheel-Trans instead of the conventional TTC. READ MORE

Jack Fuller (pictured with his mother Cindy Monk-Fuller) has a social anxiety disorder that makes it hard for him to take public transit.