Understanding the Safety and Usability of Personal Vehicles for Households of Individuals with Disabilities

Literature has demonstrated that having stable access to a personal vehicle for individuals with disabilities (IWDs) and their household family members may contribute to their sense of independence, while reducing risk of social marginalization (Jansuwan et al. 2013; Power, 2016). Rosenbloom (2007) also reported the dependence non-driving IWDs have on personal vehicles, with the majority of their transportation needs met by private cars due to factors such as insufficient public transportation options. With the inordinate cost of owning and modifying vehicles to support the needs of the IWDs, literature suggests that vehicle accessibility modifications may be fashioned by unqualified actors, and/or not properly adjusted as the disabilities of the individual change over time, potentially compromising the safety and well-being of both passengers and drivers (Batavia & Bealaurier, 2001; Di Stefano, 2019; NHTSA, n.d.). Though prior research demonstrates the equity that personal vehicles bring, there is limited literature aimed at understanding the safety and use of personal vehicles from the combined perspectives of the IWDs, their household family members, and home health care workers. This research aims to understand how owning and operating a household vehicle used to transport IWDs influences the comfort, safety, and ease of use and for IWDs, their family members and home health care workers. In other words, we will be analyzing the accessibility modifications, subsequent safety risks and its implications on the overall well-being of IWD, alongside their household family members and home healthcare workers.

    Language

    • English

    Project

    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $4884
    • Contract Numbers:

      69A3551747127

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility

      San Jose State University
      San Jose, CA  United States  95112
    • Principal Investigators:

      Kumar, Anil

    • Start Date: 20210101
    • Expected Completion Date: 20210630
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01763328
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747127
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Feb 2 2021 8:21PM