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Disabilities and Inclusive Transport

The inter-relationship between people with disabilities,constrained mobility and poverty is an area of increased focus within transport policy in the developing world.

The difficulties frequently encountered by those who have reduced capacity to climb steps, run, stand whilst on a moving vehicle, read information, see destinations or ask for directions influence their desire or perception of their ability to make anything other than the most necessary or local journeys. This has a substantial impact on their ability to access opportunities, services and resources; on their ability to maintain a sustainable livelihood and on their overall quality of life. The issue of disability and transport is also increasing in scale through the rising age of the global population and the long-term impact of disability caused by crashes, in addition to the rise of long-term illnesses such as HIV/AIDS.

 

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