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Development of route accessibility index to support wayfinding for people with disabilities

Duvall, JA and Pearlman, JL and Karimi, HA (2016) Development of route accessibility index to support wayfinding for people with disabilities. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Wayfinding is a common task routinely performed by people traveling between unfamiliar locations, but can be a challenge for people with disabilities. In order to be able to travel safely and comfortably, people with physical disabilities depend on the accessibility of the built environment. It is through these accessibility elements that people who use wheelchairs can find their ways in unfamiliar environments. When used by people with disabilities, wayfinding and navigation services must contain accessibility data and support functions to utilize this data. However, while there are standards, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines, upon which accessibility data can be based or derived, currently there is no automated metric for evaluating the level of accessibility for pathways. To fill this gap, this paper proposes a Route Accessibility Index as a metric for evaluating a pathway’s accessibility and discusses its value in a wayfinding case study.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Duvall, JAjonathan.duvall@pitt.eduJAD75
Pearlman, JLjpearlman@pitt.eduJLP460000-0003-0830-9136
Karimi, HAhkarimi@pitt.eduHKARIMI0000-0001-5331-5004
Date: 1 January 2016
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST
Volume: 166
Page Range: 104 - 112
Event Type: Conference
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/978-3-319-33681-7_9
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Information Science
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9783319336800
ISSN: 1867-8211
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2016 16:41
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2021 10:55


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