The aim of society is that the disabled should be fully integrated. The communications sector is an important field in this respect. This report is the result of a commission of enquiry into this problem. In Sweden, about 250,000 people have such limitations in their physical or mental capabilities that they are seriously disabled as regards communications. Of these, about 20,000 need special solutions for all journeys. Another 750,000 have difficulties in travelling due to some form of disablement. Buses, trains, etc are difficult to get on due to high and steep steps. Space on board is restricted. At stations, differences in level create serious difficulties. People with weak sight or hearing need better visual and audible information. Toilets and washing facilities must be better designed and more easily accessible. The report suggests measures that can be taken at once as part of normal maintenance, such as fitting of handrails, alterations to sleepers, etc, and measures which can only be taken when new equipment is purchased, such as wider steps, provision for wheelchairs, etc. It is proposed that a special national travel service, by special cars or specially adapted public transport, be made available for the 20,000 most seriously disabled. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Ministry of Communication, Sweden

    Stockholm 16,   Sweden 
  • Publication Date: 1975


  • Swedish

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 197 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00137538
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SOU 1975:68
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 6 1981 12:00AM