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A look into accessible public transportation for people in Toronto who have acquired brain injuries

Nadia Elsayed (Social Worker at Toronto Rehab, Toronto, Canada)

Social Care and Neurodisability

ISSN: 2042-0919

Article publication date: 15 August 2011

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to explore the transportation needs of adults in Toronto who have acquired brain injuries (ABIs).

Design/methodology/approach

A survey was completed by staff working with clients in a community brain injury organization.

Findings

The survey showed that that some people with ABIs who do not use mobility devices and/or do not have obvious physical disabilities, could benefit from the city's door‐to‐door accessible public transit service (Wheel‐Trans). They are currently excluded from Wheel‐Trans based on the eligibility criteria for this service.

Research limitations/implications

This survey only looks at people with ABIs who are accessing services from an ABI community agency, thus it overlooks those who are not and may not be doing so due to lack of transportation. Also the survey is completed by staff rather than ABI clients, which may lead to different answers/perspectives.

Practical implications

A change to the eligibility criteria of Wheel‐Trans could increase the independence of some people with ABIs and could also increase their participation in society.

Originality/value

Based on a literature review by the author, there is no existing research that examines transportation and ABIs in Canada.

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Citation

Elsayed, N. (2011), "A look into accessible public transportation for people in Toronto who have acquired brain injuries", Social Care and Neurodisability, Vol. 2 No. 3, pp. 138-146. https://doi.org/10.1108/20420911111172729

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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