A new report has uncovered a gap in how the general public and people with mobility impairments perceive the nation’s state of inclusion.
BraunAbility, a US-based manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles and lifts, surveyed both the general public and The Driving Force, an online community of more than 1,600 people with mobility impairments and their carers.
The objective was to identify obstacles to inclusion based on perceptions – or misperceptions – between the general public and those with a mobility disability.
It found that just 23% of The Driving Force think people with mobility challenges are fairly accommodated, while 61% of the general public see it that way.
More than three quarters (79%) of The Driving Force believe is most lacking in design and development of accommodations within businesses they frequent, versus 37% of the general public, a disconnect of 42 percentage points.
Those with mobility disability are also two times more likely than the general population to see a lack of inclusion of people with mobility challenges when accommodations for that very audience are being designed.
The top three companies in the US that The Driving Force feel are leading the way in inclusion efforts are Target, Walmart and Marriot International.
These companies were found to have three things in common – they seek input from people with mobility challenges on the design and development of products and/or accessible accommodations; they increase accommodations for people with mobility challenges; and they include those with mobility challenges or other disabilities in how they represent their company to the public.