Travel behavior and barriers to travel among individuals with cognitive disabilities

Authors: Matan Singer*, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Topics: Transportation Geography, Disabilities
Keywords: Disabilities, Transportation, Travel Behavior, Inclusion
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 4:40 PM / 5:55 PM
Room: Virtual 19
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Extensive research has investigated the travel of people with physical disabilities. Much less work has been devoted to people with cognitive disabilities. Consequently, while great advancements have been made toward the inclusion of people with disabilities in daily life, such efforts might not address the needs of individuals with different disabilities equally. This study addresses the relative shortage of research on the barriers to participation among individuals with cognitive impairments within the context of daily travel. To this end, the study employs online questionnaires gauging the experiences of individuals with cognitive disabilities in Israel in daily travel and their barriers to travel. Responses on individuals with different cognitive disabilities show how travel and barriers to travel vary by disability, social support systems, and residential location. The results help identify ways to improve the inclusion of individuals with cognitive disabilities in society through improving access to transportation.

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