Keywords

People with disabilities -- Transportation, Wheelchairs

Abstract

There has been a significant effort to provide disabled persons with increased independence and mobility. The federal government requires that transportation facilities be made accessible to the disabled, and the number of handicapped persons using these facilities is expected to increase significantly in the future. Restraint systems have been required for passenger cars since the 1960s, and considerable effort has been dedicated to increasing public awareness of the benefits of seat belt usage. Little effort has been devoted to the development of restraint systems for individuals who must use wheelchairs as vehicle seats. A survey was conducted in the Central Florida area to determine what types of restraint systems are being used by agencies responsible for the transportation of the wheelchair passengers. A cost analysis was performed which shows that the implementation of effective restraint systems can often be justified on economic grounds. Sled tests have shown that most of the restraint systems available on the market do not provide adequate protection for wheelchair passengers. This document provides a description of many securement products, test results, and recommendation for wheelchair restraint improvements.

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Graduation Date

1985

Semester

Fall

Advisor

Sepulveda, Jose A.

Degree

Master of Science (M.S.)

College

College of Engineering

Degree Program

Engineering

Format

PDF

Language

English

Rights

Public Domain

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Identifier

DP0016503

Included in

Engineering Commons

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