Whether they live at home or outside the home, driving them will likely be your most used option, which you’ll need for any appointments and especially if they’re having trouble with other transportation options.
Many people with Fragile X syndrome will be able to get a driver’s license. Check with your local DMV for information regarding special accommodations that they may need, such as extra time to take the test.
Paratransit is the term used to describe transportation services for people with disabilities that are designed to be more individualized. They may provide services along a set route, or they may provide door-to-door services. They may also provide bus training for individuals.
Depending on where they live, walking might be a great option. It will be situation and location dependent, but walking is a great way for them to get to know the area where they live, to get a chance to meet people who live nearby, and for exercise. (Also see: 5 Steps for Teaching Your Young Adult to Walk to Work)
Riding a Bike
Depending on where they live, riding a bicycle might be a great option for getting around town. It will be situation and location dependent, but, like walking, riding a bike is a great way for them to get to know the area where they live.
Riding a Bus
Another option for transportation around town, and even beyond, is taking the public bus. It does have its own set of challenges, but once they begin to understand the nature of public busing, it opens the geographic area of travel even wider. (Also see: Learning to Ride a Public Bus Independently)
Uber or Lyft
This is another transportation mode to consider for them. They may be able to set up a ride by themselves or the parent may do it. Research both sites and talk to people who have used both services to see if either is right for them.
Subway/Light Rail/Amtrak/Other Mass Transit Systems
These modes of travel will be similar to but more complicated than the public bus. They may be fine traveling during the day, but evening and nighttime travel should be limited. It’s also wise to travel in pairs or a small group.
Airplane travel is usually used for cross-country or international travel. While airport travel is often with families or other groups, individual travel may be needed in some cases. Like other modes of travel, discuss what to expect, create a social story, show pictures on the internet, if possible do a practice run at the airport, and allow for plenty of time.
If they need or wants practice in going through the airport experience, call your airport to see if they have special days set aside for people with disabilities to go through an airport. Also check with your local Arc, as they have set up a special program at many of the airports across the country. (Also see: Tips for Flying on an Airplane)