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Paratransit Wheelchair Safety Survey

Information courtesy of the University of Louisville

The University of Louisville is researching factors that contribute to incidents and injuries when accessing and riding a paratransit vehicle while seated in a wheelchair. They are interested in incidents you might have experienced during a trip or when entering or exiting a paratransit vehicle equipped with a lift. Even if you have never experienced an incident or injury, they would still like to hear from you.

If you are 18 years of age or older, use a wheelchair or scooter as your primary means of mobility, and you have accessed and ridden in a paratransit (Dail-A-Ride) vehicle using a wheelchair lift in the past three years, they would like to hear from you.

If you would like to help, you can do so by completing a brief survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WheelchairLiftSurvey.  The results will be used to develop lift design guidelines that improve the accessibility, usability and safety of vehicle wheelchair lifts.

For questions or more information, contact Dr, Karen Frost Bertocci, Assistant Professor with the University of Louisville, at k.bertocci@louisville.edu or (502) 852-0279.

Thanks for your help, advocates!

Doug Schmidt
Act Team Coordinator
The Fifth Freedom Network