Accessible Transport and the Opposition

This paper describes how, through a process of social and economic evolution, societies progressively develop responses for coping with disabled persons. Where the economics of existence dictates the need for “Survival of the Fittest.”, many people with disabilities simply die. However, as the economic climate improves survival is possible but social evolution will define the quality of this existence. Within most Western societies this evolution developed into a perceived need to “care for” people with disabilities. This work became an issue of social status and praise usually done by groups of wealthy people purely because those on a more meager income never had the resources or the time for such work. These activities developed into the well know pastime of charity for the disabled. This charity went well beyond the simple care offered to a loved one and resulted in the development of two fundamental attitudes which have profound implications. They are: (1) the creation of paternalistic views towards the disabled; and (2) the development of a segregated mentality towards disability. Disability activists have long ago occupied the high moral ground regarding the need for accessible transport. However, despite a few notable exceptions, there has been little fundamental change in community actions.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 630-633
  • Monograph Title: Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference, Vancouver, Canada, July 21-23, 1986

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  • Accession Number: 01051493
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 6 2007 4:53PM