Presentation Title

Are the Public Transportation Needs of People with Diverse Abilities Being Met? A Study of Public Transportation in Kamloops, BC.

Format of Presentation

15-minute lecture to be presented the Saturday of the conference

Location

IB 1014

Start Date

24-3-2018 3:15 PM

End Date

24-3-2018 3:30 PM

Abstract

This research focused on gaining an understanding of the experiences of people with diverse abilities using the conventional/city transit system and the custom/handyDART transit system in Kamloops, British Columbia. This project critically analyzed the adequacy of public transit for people with diverse abilities and promoted more inclusive and adequate access to public transit in Kamloops. It assessed systemic concerns, barriers, and potential improvements regarding people with diverse abilities accessing and using public transit. Potential benefits of this research are; drawing attention to the need to improve public transit in Kamloops for people with diverse abilities, advocacy for the voices of people with diverse abilities to be heard through personal narratives, and for the research participants to become empowered due to their invaluable contribution to this research. The qualitative study includes six open-ended interviews with people with diverse abilities, aged 23-65, who live in various areas of Kamloops so as to represent most of the greater Kamloops area. The participants were recruited through several community organizations in Kamloops, allowing potential participants the autonomy to contact the researchers regarding their interest in the project. Key findings include; a summary of inconveniences and safety concerns associated with the two public transit systems for people with diverse abilities in Kamloops, a need for increased education and awareness among transit employees (especially regarding an awareness of diverse abilities and cultures), better communication between transit employees and service users, improvements for service user experience, suggestions for systemic changes and improvements to Kamloops infrastructure.

Department

Social Work

Faculty Advisor

Terry Kading

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Are the Public Transportation Needs of People with Diverse Abilities Being Met? A Study of Public Transportation in Kamloops, BC.

IB 1014

This research focused on gaining an understanding of the experiences of people with diverse abilities using the conventional/city transit system and the custom/handyDART transit system in Kamloops, British Columbia. This project critically analyzed the adequacy of public transit for people with diverse abilities and promoted more inclusive and adequate access to public transit in Kamloops. It assessed systemic concerns, barriers, and potential improvements regarding people with diverse abilities accessing and using public transit. Potential benefits of this research are; drawing attention to the need to improve public transit in Kamloops for people with diverse abilities, advocacy for the voices of people with diverse abilities to be heard through personal narratives, and for the research participants to become empowered due to their invaluable contribution to this research. The qualitative study includes six open-ended interviews with people with diverse abilities, aged 23-65, who live in various areas of Kamloops so as to represent most of the greater Kamloops area. The participants were recruited through several community organizations in Kamloops, allowing potential participants the autonomy to contact the researchers regarding their interest in the project. Key findings include; a summary of inconveniences and safety concerns associated with the two public transit systems for people with diverse abilities in Kamloops, a need for increased education and awareness among transit employees (especially regarding an awareness of diverse abilities and cultures), better communication between transit employees and service users, improvements for service user experience, suggestions for systemic changes and improvements to Kamloops infrastructure.