The WHO (Word Health Organization) defined disability as “any restriction or lack (resulting from an impairment) of ability to perform an activity in the manner or within the range considered normal for a human being.” Traveling should be recognized as a fundamental social right for disabled people and their families. In a study analyzing the frequency of disabled people taking a holiday, a large number of respondents had undertaken more than one trip in the last 5 years. The age group of 26-35 years had taken more trips than others while the 46 and older age groups had taken the fewest trips. Disabled people with a 2 year degree had more trips than others and high income groups traveled more than lower income groups.
In 1994 four federal agencies initiated a supplemental survey to the annual NHIS that dealt with transportation patterns of disabled people. The NHIS-D data show that 19 percent of adults under age 65 had problems in getting around due to impairment. The main reason cited was difficulty in walking; over 75 percent of those who said that they struggled with getting around reported walking problems. Vision problems accounted for 13 percent of the people having difficulties getting around and cognitive or mental problems accounted for 10 percent.
Two-thirds of the respondents under the age 65 who reportedly have one or more disabling conditions drove a car daily or occasionally. Approximately 45 percent reported not driving because of their disability; 29 percent reported never driving ever before. High dependency on using a car as a means of transportation may be correlated with the low level of public transit available. Nearly a third of NHIS-D respondents reported that they don’t have access to public transportation in their area. The majority of respondents who reported having public transit available in their area said they did not use it and their disability was not the reason for not utilizing it. Only 16 percent of the respondents reported not using public transit due to their impairment. More than three-fourths of the respondents who reported having access to public transit had not used it at all during the previous 12 months. Only 0.9 percent used an accessible bus at least once in the past week, 1.3 percent used a subway, and 6 percent used a regular bus.
Roughly two-thirds of respondents reported having access to special bus, van, or taxi services for disabled people in their area. Only 10 percent reported using any one of these special services in the last 12 months and 1.2 percent had used the services at least once in the past week.
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