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Facilitating travel by people with mental impairments

Mackett, RL; (2016) Facilitating travel by people with mental impairments. In: (Proceedings) UTSG 2016 Bristol - Universities Transport Study Group 48th Annual Conference. Green open access

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Abstract

The Equality Act 2010 was passed to reduce socio-economic inequalities and to eliminate discrimination. The Act covers a number of personal characteristics including age, race, sex and disability. Much work has been done to reduce the barriers to travel for disabled people but much of the emphasis has been on investment in engineering solutions, for example, ramps and tactile paving. The legislation says that a person has a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on everyday life. It can be argued that much less has been done to address the needs of people with mental impairments than for those with a physical impairment. This paper considers the skills required for each stage of making a journey from planning before travel to dealing with disruption of the journey, for example recalling information, the ability to communicate and taking decisions. The ways in which various mental impairments affect these skills are examined. The paper then examines interventions that help to overcome the barriers to access such as travel training, driver training, special transport services, journey planning and mobile phone apps and how they help to address the issues identified.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Facilitating travel by people with mental impairments
Event: UTSG 2016 Bristol - Universities Transport Study Group 48th Annual Conference
Location: Bristol, UK
Dates: 06 January 2016 - 08 January 2016
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://utsg.net/archives/2016-bristol
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Mental impairments, Mental health, Cognitive impairments, Equality, Equality Act 2010
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1476545
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