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Deterring Access Aisle Parking Violations

The ability to safely park at one’s destination is an important component of community participation for people with disabilities. With the proper permit, people with disabilities should be able to use accessible parking spaces in public parking lots. However, a lot of people with disabilities have encountered barriers to parking. Researchers at the Research and Training Center on Independent Living at KU conducted two studies on accessible parking. This study examined factors related to access aisle violations. Access aisles are the diagonally marked spaces adjacent to the accessible parking spaces that are designed for use by people with disabilities. Access aisles are usually marked with yellow, white, or blue diagonal stripes.

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Encouraging Reservation of Van Designated Spaces for Lift-or-Ramp-Equipped Van Users

The ability to safely park at one’s destination is an important component of community participation for people with disabilities. With the proper permit, people with disabilities should be able to use accessible parking spaces in public parking lots. However, a lot of people with disabilities have encountered barriers to parking. Researchers at the Research and Training Center on Independent Living at KU conducted two studies on accessible parking. This study examined using different signage to encourage reservation of van-accessible spaces for people who use ramp- or lift-equipped vehicles. Wheelchair users who travel in a ramp- or lift-equipped van (RLEV) often reach their destination only to find the van-accessible parking space occupied by a non-ramp or lift-equipped vehicle (NRLEV) that does not need the wider access aisle placed next to van-accessible spaces. This study found that alternate signage for van-accessible parking spaces can prompt  rivers of vehicles without ramps or lifts to use a regular accessible space when available, reserving the van accessible space for RLEV users.

Source Credit: University of Kansas Research and Training Center on Independent Living 
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2018 Report: National Survey on Accessible Parking and Disabled Placard Abuse

Infographic of findings from the 2018 Report on National Survey on Accessible Parking and Disabled Placard Abuse conducted by the Accessible Parking Coalition.

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Texas 2016 Study on Accessible Parking and Disabled Placard Abuse: A Status Update

The Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities presented an overview of its study on accessible parking and an update on accessible parking activities around the country to the Texas Council on Developmental Disabilities on May 3, 2018. This presentation summarizes study findings, recommendations, and noted best practices from other states to deter accessible parking and disabled placard fraud and abuse. Recent legislative efforts from around the country on disabled placard fraud and abuse and the formation of the National Accessible Parking Coalition formed in December 2017 are also highlighted.

Source Credit: Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities
View Online: https://gov.texas.gov/organization/disabilities/goals

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2016 Texas Study on Accessible Parking and Disabled Placard Abuse

Upon invitation from the International Parking and Mobility Institute, the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities presented an overview of its study on accessible parking to the Stakeholder’s Forum on Accessible Parking and Disabled Placard Abuse on December 6, 2017 in Washington, D.C. This presentation summarizes study findings, recommendations, and noted best practices from other states to deter accessible parking and disabled placard fraud and abuse. Also highlighted are recent legislative efforts from around the country addressing disabled placard fraud and abuse which impacts the daily lives of people with disabilities.

Source Credit: Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities
View Online: https://gov.texas.gov/organization/disabilities/goals

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