Rutgers University – Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT)
In Their Own Words: Transportation Issues and Obstacles Facing People with Developmental Disabilities
The goal of this project is to undertake direct research with persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), including those living in developmental centers, in order to develop a comprehensive report on the issue of transportation and how it affects people with I/DD. After compiling 400 interviews, researchers will conduct quantitative analysis to develop a summary report identifying trends and themes, and to formulate recommendations. The project team will then produce a report that will include real-life examples and personal stories to put a ‘face’ on the transportation issue, which will assist in advocacy. The recommendations will focus on practical systemic issues as well as broader advocacy issues. The research team will develop a written summary as well as an audio summary. These two components can be used together or separately to disseminate the compelling stories of how transportation affects the lives and experiences of people with I/DD.