Handicapped parking

by Lemmer, Linda L.

Abstract (Summary)
Lemmer Linda L. (Writer) (Last name) (First) (Middle Initial) (Title) Handicapped Parking Vocational Rehabilitation Dr. Robert Peters 05/01 (Graduate Major) (Research Advisor) (Month/Year) (No. Of Pages) Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Name of Style Manual Used) The purpose of this study was to determine the frequency of the use and abuse of handicapped designated spaces in three different population sized communities in a northern midwestern state. This study of handicapped parking violations was conducted in three communities through observational methods. Previous studies found in the literature review suggested factors to be used in the design of the recording instrument. Subjects for this study were the drivers and passengers of vehicles observed to be parked in a handicapped designated space by a trained observer. A total of 129 vehicles and their occupants were observed for this study. The observer recorded the observations onto the designated instrument. Handicapped Parking iii Three different sized communities were selected to determine if differences would be noted in the use and/or abuse of parking spaces based on population size. In each community two parking lots were selected to be studied for a total of six parking lots. Three WorkForce Center parking lots were selected for study because of the similarity of services the Centers provides statewide and because one of the services is directed specifically to persons with disability. The remaining three sites were grocery store parking lots. The population size of the communities was: (a) under 15,000, (b) 50,000 - 100,000, and (c) over 100,000 according to the 1990 census. The communities were chosen because of size and site similarity. Prior to the study a determination was made to observe all of the sites for six hours each or for the observation of at least 30 vehicles. The observer did stay for six hours at all but the last site when illness forced her to leave after three hours and 45 vehicles. This resulted in a total of 33 hours of observation. The trained observer obtained the information by parking her own vehicle where there would be clear vision of all handicapped designated parking spaces. She would also be able to unobtrusively walk around the lot in order to see if there were temporary permits on dashboards or handicapped plates not readily observed from a distance. Major findings revealed that there were 12 vehicles without some form of handicap indicator (i.e., placard, plate or temporary permit); 16 vehicles with identification whose occupants did not have a discernable physical disability and 20 vehicles with handicap identification whose occupants (14 drivers and 6 passengers) did not get out of the vehicle preventing observation of a possible physical disability. Handicapped Parking iv
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School:Centro Universitário do Planalto de Araxá

School Location:Brazil

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:automobile parking for people with disabilities


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