To determine the difficulties experienced by persons with sensory disabilities when they travel by intercity bus; and to assess the effectiveness of selected technologies in overcoming these difficulties.
The researchers gathered data on accessibility problems through:
They then selected technologies with potential for alleviating the difficulties discovered.
Fourteen high- and low-tech solutions to these communication difficulties were assessed in a specially equipped MCI DL3 accessible bus at Toronto's bus terminal. A mixed group of persons with disabilities, mobility training specialists, bus industry personnel, and project staff tried out the aids and provided feedback in structured interviews after the trials. The aids tested ranged from a pad and pencil at the driver station and raised letters for seat numbers to infrared broadcast systems.
All technologies proved of value. Among the most successful were:
Thirty-five passengers with sensory disabilities will evaluate the technologies during in-service trials to be held in Eastern and Western Canada.
Pad and pencil at the driver station
Concept design of a portable communications pod to assist travellers with hearing or sight impairments