Transportation for Populations with Disabilities
Transportation is essential for people with disabilities and older adults to participate in society. It impacts access to healthcare, essential goods and services, interactions with friends and family, and ability to work or attend school, as well as a host of other activities. The Automated Vehicle Services for People with Disabilities—Involved Responsive Engineering (ASPIRE) Center at the University of Pittsburgh is studying how people with disabilities and older adults are affected by access to safe, reliable, timely, and accessible transportation. There are many aspects of accessible transportation and the team of researchers at ASPIRE are addressing areas that need improvement. Driving is regarded as an important aspect of personal freedom and autonomy; however, access is very restricted for non-drivers, especially if they live outside the largest metropolitan areas with limited access to public transportation.