Interview Transcript

Student 1:
What weíve been doing is, weíve been going over all the safety rules, the time, and all, like the buses I have to catch.

Interviewer:
What have you had to prove to Fiona you can do?

Student 1:
Wait for the bus, sit in the right seat, you know, where it might be good, and look at where to stop.

Student 2:
They tell me what buses to catch and to get here I catch the 31 to town and 104 out.

Interviewer:
Whatís the biggest difference itís made for you?

Student 3:
My behaviour. My behaviourís changed a lot. Iím independent on the buses now and I donít do stuff on the buses and Iíve kinda changed my behaviour around, cos on the transport for the school, you used to have fights and all that. I wanted to go on transport so I didnít have to see the fight. The people on the buses are too noisy.

Student 2:
I used to get picked up, now I donít.

Interviewer:
Why do you think itís a good thing?

Student 2:
You can get your own way there independent without people with you and rely on people to pick you up

Student 1:
Cos I want to be independent and show everyone I can do things on my own without my family and all that. Show Iím responsible enough.

Student 2:
Do not be scared.

Interviewer:
Why do you think that they might be scared?

Student 2:
Itís the first time

Interviewer:
Did you feel nervous when you first started

Student 2:
Yeah

Interviewer:
So what was it that changed so youíre not nervous anymore/

Student 2:
When I kept doing it all the time and I got used to it.

Interviewer:
How did your mum and dad feel about you when you wanted to do your independent travel?

Student 3:
Well my mum didnít mind, first she didnít trust me, now she trusts me.

Student 1:
Well, yeah, sheís kind of nervous about me going on my own because of my disability.

Interviewer:
How does she feel about it now?

Student 1:
Sheís getting there, but she still thinks I should wait a moment and have another practice.

Interviewer:
If someone was thinking about wanting to do Independent travel training what would you say to them?

Student 3:
Good luck if you pass

Interviewer:
When, hopefully youíll pass, yeah? How do you think your mum will feel then?

Student 1:
She might be alright, but, you know, as parents are, theyíre always worried about their child.