Archive for September, 2007

Katherine Freund visits Connecticut

September 22, 2007

Katherine Freud, Executive Director and Founder of ITNAmerica recently visited North Central Connecticut to speak about the Independent Transportation Network® (ITN) for individuals age 60 or over, as well as those who are visually impaired, which will soon be up and running within a ten-town service area in north Central Connecticut. The communities that will benefit from ITNNorthCentralConnecticut include Bloomfield, East Granby, East Windsor, Enfield, Granby, Somers, South Windsor, Suffield, Windsor and Windsor Locks.

Community presentations were held in the towns of Bloomfield, Enfield, and South Windsor. Residents from all ten towns had the opportunity to hear first hand the benefits of the transportation network. ITNNorthCentralConnecticut will be the first in Connecticut to become an affiliate of ITNAmerica, a non-profit, community-safety program that provides cars and drivers 24 hours a day, seven days a week for senior citizens living in communities across the nation, including those in California, Kentucky, Maine, Illinois, Iowa, Florida, and South Carolina.

ITNNorthCentralConnecticut is targeted to begin operations in early 2008. Organizers are now seeking monetary donations, car donations, volunteer drivers and community partners to help ensure the program’s success. To find out how you can support ITNNorthCentralConnecticut, to volunteer or to sign-on as a member rider, please call Chris Casey at (860) 698-6267.

Kathy Freund with members of the ITNNorthCentralConnecticut Board of Directors and Project Coordinator Chris Casey during her visit to Connecticut. (l to r) Lucy Peoples, Betsy Burns, Alice Egan, Pam Brown, Susan Lather, Kathy Freund, Betsy Hope, Fran Walenta, Gil Hayes, Chris Casey, Marcia Hess.

Kathy Freund with members of the ITNNorthCentralConnecticut Board of Directors and Project Coordinator Chris Casey during her visit to Connecticut. (l to r) Lucy Peoples, Betsy Burns, Alice Egan, Pam Brown, Susan Lather, Kathy Freund, Betsy Hope,  Fran Walenta, Gil Hayes, Chris Casey, Marcia Hess.

Elderly drivers have nothing to lose but their cars

September 1, 2007

Telegraph, Rebecca Feiner

Rebecca Feiner reports on a clever American scheme that allows the elderly to give up driving with no loss of freedom or dignity – could it work here?

In Equatorial Guinea it’s considered a blessing to be greying at the temples, a sign of wisdom that should be honoured by the community. Alas in Britain it’s more likely to be an early symptom of invisibility and imminent disfranchisement from the rest of society.

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