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Community Mobility

Falkmer, Olov LU and Siljehav Tallberg, Jessica LU (2013) ATPK55 20131
Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science
Abstract
To be able to transport oneself within the community is important for engagement in meaningful occupations outside of one’s home, and for participating in the society. People with disabilities may have limited transportation options, due to their lack of cognitive and physical abilities. The most common barrier for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is unpredictable factors that occur when driving and using public transport. However, few studies have measured the viewpoints of people with ASD related to the usability of public transport and driving. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to identify viewpoints on possible barriers and facilitators with regards to the usability of driving and public transport for people with... (More)
To be able to transport oneself within the community is important for engagement in meaningful occupations outside of one’s home, and for participating in the society. People with disabilities may have limited transportation options, due to their lack of cognitive and physical abilities. The most common barrier for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is unpredictable factors that occur when driving and using public transport. However, few studies have measured the viewpoints of people with ASD related to the usability of public transport and driving. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to identify viewpoints on possible barriers and facilitators with regards to the usability of driving and public transport for people with ASD. Q-methodology was used to identify the viewpoints. A total of 31 persons participated in the study that was conducted in Melbourne, VIC and Perth WA, in Australia. Three viewpoints were identified with regards to driving and two with regards to public transport. In driving, the viewpoints were: “Confident in driving”, “Confident in using public transport” and “Confident in being passengers”. In public transport the viewpoints were: “Using public transport adds to quality of life” and “The ability to transport oneself in the community is important”. Regarding driving it appeared that driving in itself could act as a barrier for those without a driver’s licence. Regardless of whether it was driving or through public transport, the ability to transport oneself was regarded as positive and it added to quality of life, a sense of freedom and to participation in the community. No distinct barriers to using public transport were identified and therefore this method of transportation appeared to be a facilitator for community participation. (Less)
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author
Falkmer, Olov LU and Siljehav Tallberg, Jessica LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
What are people with autism spectrum disorders’ viewpoints on public transport and driving in Australia?
course
ATPK55 20131
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Autism, Participation, Transportation, Usability
language
English
id
3775832
date added to LUP
2013-06-04 10:53:06
date last changed
2013-06-04 10:53:06
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  abstract     = {To be able to transport oneself within the community is important for engagement in meaningful occupations outside of one’s home, and for participating in the society. People with disabilities may have limited transportation options, due to their lack of cognitive and physical abilities. The most common barrier for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is unpredictable factors that occur when driving and using public transport. However, few studies have measured the viewpoints of people with ASD related to the usability of public transport and driving. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to identify viewpoints on possible barriers and facilitators with regards to the usability of driving and public transport for people with ASD. Q-methodology was used to identify the viewpoints. A total of 31 persons participated in the study that was conducted in Melbourne, VIC and Perth WA, in Australia. Three viewpoints were identified with regards to driving and two with regards to public transport. In driving, the viewpoints were: “Confident in driving”, “Confident in using public transport” and “Confident in being passengers”. In public transport the viewpoints were: “Using public transport adds to quality of life” and “The ability to transport oneself in the community is important”. Regarding driving it appeared that driving in itself could act as a barrier for those without a driver’s licence. Regardless of whether it was driving or through public transport, the ability to transport oneself was regarded as positive and it added to quality of life, a sense of freedom and to participation in the community. No distinct barriers to using public transport were identified and therefore this method of transportation appeared to be a facilitator for community participation.},
  author       = {Falkmer, Olov and Siljehav Tallberg, Jessica},
  keyword      = {Autism,Participation,Transportation,Usability},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Community Mobility},
  year         = {2013},
}