Mainstreaming the Needs of People with Disabilities in Transport Research
Lack of accessible transport vehicles and services prevents people with disabilities from actively and fully participating in the society, thus depriving them of the freedom of movement. Mainstreaming disability aspects following the universal design concept guarantees that the deliverables of a transport-related research project do not result in new barriers for people with disabilities and they can enjoying the benefits of the innovation and development on equal basis with other passengers. Using the method of mainstreaming disability does not exclude the necessity of conducting special disability-related transport research. This twin-track approach can significantly increase the accessibility of transport for all.
KeywordsAccessibility Mainstreaming disability Disability-specific transport research Universal design
The authors wish to thank the consortium of the Mobility4EU project for the intense and fruitful collaborations and the European Commission for the funding of the Mobility4EU project in the framework of the Horizon2020 program (EC Contract No. 690732).
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