2018 National Planning Conference

Advancing Emerging Technologies for Independent Travel

Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10:45 a.m. - noon CDT

Location: 210

CM | 1.25

Cost: Included in Registration

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC188007


  • How to define "universal design" and "complete trip" and understand the importance of these concepts in the development of technology solutions for disabled individuals
  • How to identify the four ATTRI application areas that encompass major pieces of the complete trip
  • How to tap into opportunities in your community to deploy advanced technologies to empower people with disabilities to travel more independently


The USDOT’s Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) recently funded six projects to accelerate the development of applications to enable independent travel by people with disabilities. In this panel session, representatives from the teams will discuss their vision for how their applications can improve the lives of all travelers — including those with disabilities — in the areas of way-finding and navigation, safe intersection crossing, and pre-trip concierge and visualization. You will be encouraged to provide information from your own locality’s experiences to address the gap in independent mobility for the disability community. ATTRI advocates for “complete trip” accessibility – if any part of a trip, large or small, is inaccessible, the whole trip becomes inaccessible. The application areas above are major components of trip accessibility that can be addressed through technology solutions, in parallel with other infrastructure-based accessibility upgrades such as sidewalks, curb ramps, and vehicle design. Learn how ATTRI solutions can improve independent-mobility options for people with disabilities and provide greater accessible transportation choices for all travelers.

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Session Speakers

Sarah Blaszak
TRX Systems
Greenbelt, MD

Dan Davies
AbleLink Smart Living Technologies, LLC
Colorado Springs, CO

Stephen Smith
Pittsburgh, PA

Amy Jacobi, AICP
Washington, DC

Mohammed Yousuf
United States Department of Transportation
McLean, VA

Murat F. Omay, AICP
Columbia, MD

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