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Wheelchair Navigation

Researcher(s): Dr. Ben Mortenson

This study will investigate factors that affect the ability of people who use wheeled mobility devices to reach destinations in their community.

Researchers in Dr. Ben Mortenson’s lab are seeking to build a better understanding of the challenges people who use wheeled mobility devices face and the decisions they make when planning and traveling to destinations in their devices through the pedestrian environment.

This is a two part study:
1) In the fist part we are asking people to share their experiences as they try to navigate around the UBC campus. It takes approximately 1 1/2 hours.
2) In part 2, which can be done on the same day or at a later date, involves mapping your journeys in your own neighbourhood on a computer and may take up to 2 hours.

Why should you participate in this study?

This project is aimed at improving the pedestrian navigation experience for people who use wheeled mobility devices.

To cover the costs of time and effort, a $25 honorarium is provided for each part of the study completed (2 total).

You may be eligible to participate if you:

  • Are a male powered wheelchair user
  • Are a male or female scooter user
  • Are over the age of 18
  • Can understand, speak, and write in English
  • Are able to travel 800m three times with rest in between

Time commitment: 4 hours total

Compensation for participation: $25/ portion ($50 total)

The study will take place at the UBC Point Grey Campus.

For more information or to sign up to participate, please contact the study coordinator, Mike Prescott, by email or call 604-714-4108